Saturday, February 16, 7:00 PM
Rick Burkhardt: Warka Vase
The Pete at The Flea Theater
Experiments in Opera presents Off the Ground, including workshop performances of three different operas in development. Rainbird is a collaboration between director/librettist Mallory Catlett and composer Aaron Siegel. Chunky in Heat, in partnership with chamber orchestra Contemporaneous, is a multi-composer work based on a libretto by A.M. Homes and directed by Alison Moritz. Warka Vase is a new work by composer Rick Burkhardt and presented in collaboration with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and their OpenICE initiative. All of these workshop performances are presented FREE, but RSVP’s are required.
Rainbird: Tuesday February 12, 2019, 7:00 PM
Chunky in Heat: Wednesday February 13, 2019, 7:00 PM
Warka Vase: Saturday February 16, 2019, 7:00 PM
All of these workshop performances are presented FREE, but RSVP’s are required.
Experiments in Opera is focused on re-writing the story of opera. They believe that new operas can be adventurous and fun, focused on strong and intimate storytelling, while also challenging notions of what experimental music can be. EiO invites composers, directors, designers and performers to create new work that embraces unconventional mediums, a range of durations and production scales, and explores collaboration between all types of artists working to share their visions. They bring new operas to the stage as quickly as we can, marking the urgency of artists with something important to say and the desire of audiences to be a part of the excitement of risky and rewarding work. experimentsinopera.com
Illustration by Lauren Kolesinskas
Performances and commissioning activities during the 2018-19 concert season are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Booth Ferris Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Jerome Foundation, A.N. and Pearl G. Barnett Family Foundation, Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Amphion Foundation, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Pacific Harmony Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, BMI Foundation, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.