A Marigny Christmas: December 12 & 13, 2014

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This December, the Marigny Opera House is reuniting New Resonance and mezzo-soprano Mattea Musso for a concert of baroque and contemporary music.

Conductor Francis Scully directs a New Resonance Orchestra Ensemble in a program that includes choral and instrumental music from Buxtehude, Schütz, and Praetorius, plus a world premiere from local composer Tucker Fuller written for Ms. Musso and New Resonance.

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Read the nola.com preview from Chris Waddington here.

 

The Marigny Opera House presents

STABAT MATER: June 13 & 14, 2014

On the heels of the enthusiastic reception of our December performances of Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, New Resonance and the Marigny Opera House team up again for more extraordinary baroque sacred music on June 13 & 14 at 8 pm at the Marigny Opera House (725 St. Ferdinand Street, New Orleans).

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This program pairs two 18th Century masterworks from the Neapolitan School, beginning with the New Orleans premiere of Alessandro Scarlatti’s rarely heard Lamentations of Jeremiah. Scored for two voices and strings, the music depicts the collective suffering of the city of Jerusalem following its destruction.

The program concludes with Giovanni Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. Pergolesi’s music depicting the personal suffering of Mary as she observes Christ is striking in its intimacy and sincerity. We are delighted to be joined in these performances by vocal soloists Kathleen Westfall and Mattea Musso.

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LABOR:  Songs for Unmaking a Living

A world premiere at the Marigny Opera House, April 30 & May 1, 2014

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Two singers and a chamber orchestra bring nine ballads to life in this provocative and engaging new song cycle. LABOR draws on the rich variety of songs in the American popular canon, presenting a nuanced exploration of work and working in the 21st century. Are we willing to sacrifice our physical safety or our emotional stability in order to make a living? Or can the even most reviled jobs offer freedom and satisfaction? Through nine distinct perspectives, these songs illuminate and challenge our expectations about the ways we shape—and are shaped by—our jobs.

LABOR is the third and most ambitious collaboration between New Orleans-based composer Tucker Fuller and poet Megan Levad. Together, Fuller and Levad use traditional American song genres as the basis for art music that is at once accessible and sophisticated. LABOR uses the tradition of American folk and protest songs as a jumping-off point for more contemporary examinations of workers’ lost personal integrity and compromised freedoms. Musical influences include 19th-century art songs as well as American cabaret performance and the populist strains of the People’s Song Book.

From Music Director Francis Scully:

New Resonance Orchestra takes inspiration for our concerts from real issues and events that people are dealing with in New Orleans in 2014. We’re hearing about employment every day from politicians and the media, it’s time for classical musicians to weigh in. We’re also excited to be presenting a brand-new work by an enormously talented young composer. The music reflects many influences from Woody Guthrie to Schubert, but it’s an entirely fresh voice for our times.

Additional events with featured LABOR personnel 

The new Musical Meditation series from the Marigny Opera House Church of the Arts is a weekly hour of public music for contemplation and reflection. On Monday, April 28 at 6 pm, New Resonance guest pianist Justin Snyder will be featured, playing meditative music from Erik Satie, Alvin Curran, Philip Glass, and more.

LABOR lyricist Megan Levad will be the featured guest at the first of a new poetry reading series featuring letterpress printed broadsides at Baskerville on Tuesday, April 29, at 7 pm. Baskerville is a brand new, classically-inspired letterpress printing and book arts pied a terre offering shared equipment and workspace to member artists and education to the broader community. The studio is located at 3000 Royal Street, New Orleans.

MUSICAL PERSONNEL

Francis Scully, conductor
Mary Townsend & Emily Townsend, vocals
Justin Snyder, piano
Sarah Schettler, flute
Jane Marie Gabka, oboe
Stephanie Thompson, clarinet
Rebecca Cain, bassoon
Kate Withrow, violin
Ila Rondeau, viola
Philip von Maltzahn, cello
Matt Abramo, bass

 

 

LABOR is supported in part by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation.

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