MORE Opera presents Harry Bialor's Masada
Manhattan Opera Repertory Ensemble (MORE Opera) will present the Manhattan debut
of Holocaust survivor Harry Bialor’s Masada, an
opera/oratorio sung in English based on the last
stand of Jewish resistance to the Roman occupation of Judea on Sunday, August
30, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church, 120 West 69th Street
between Broadway and Columbus Avenue. The semi-staged performance features
soloists Reuven Aristigueta, Cheryl Warfield, Byron Singleton, David Asch, David
O. White, music director Maxine Feldman, pianist James Besser and the MORE Opera
Composer/lyricist Harry Bialor’s Masada is a fictionalized account
of the historic Jewish rebellion against Roman occupation at the mesa known as
Masada intertwined with love stories of two couples and the anguished choice of
historical leader Elazar ben Yair.
PROJECT : ENCORE™ and a century mark encore!
Two years ago, PROJECT : ENCORE™
(P:E) announced that it had surpassed the century mark with the number of scores
in its online Catalog of Contemporary Choral Music. Today, the P:E
Catalog, growing in reputation for its stringently evaluated content, is proud
to announce that it now represents more than 100 composers and over 150 choral compositions.
In the rapidly changing world of music discovery and distribution, performance
and evaluation, PROJECT : ENCORE is a user-friendly, deeply searchable resource
for new choral music that has been blindly vetted by an international panel of
renowned conductors. Because just over half of the works submitted are received into the Catalog,
acceptance is a significant endorsement. Compositions included span a wide
spectrum of voicing, scoring, length and levels of difficulty.
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- John Scott. Organist and Director of Music at Saint Thomas Church, died suddenly on August 12. Read a tribute at www.saintthomaschurch.org/about/news/342/john-scott-1956-2015. See also the obituary in The New York Times. (2015-8-14)
- Read a review of June's ChoralFest USA 2015 event by Jean Ballard Terepka on TheaterScene.net. (2015-8-12)
- Hudson Chorale is pleased to announce the appointment of Conductor Ira Spaulding as its new Interim Music Director. Spaulding will be replacing Music Director Michael Conley, who has accepted a post as Director of Music Ministries at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Pacific Heights, California. For more information, visit www.HudsonChorale.org. (2015-8-11)
- After four months of job hunting, Vocal Area Network host Steve Friedman has been rehired (surprise!) by the company that eliminated his position back in April. Go figure! Thanks to all who offered career suggestions during the interregnum. (2015-8-4)
- The Collegiate Chorale, which was founded in 1941 by the conductor Robert Shaw, has announced that it has changed its name to MasterVoices and begun a new partnership with City Center to give concert performances there of operas and operettas in English. See the New York Times article for details. (2015-8-4)
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