Posts Tagged ‘tapestry’

Ernest Balmer Studio
55 Mill Street Toronto, Canada
Tickets: $25/$20

Tapestry presents workshop performances of the 2nd act of my opera in development, The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G.

June 11 & 12, 2012

From the Tapestry website:

“Sung in Ukrainian, Russian and English, this opera vérité with prologue and epilogue uses non-operatic music from various cultures to enhance the composed score and drama. The tragic ménage à trois is a topic as ancient as Greek drama, but in Oksana G. it takes on a life as immediate as today’s headlines, yet honours the ingredients common to all great operas: universality, timelessness and high emotion.”

Ernest Balmer Studio
55 Mill Street Toronto, Canada
Tickets: $25/$20

Tapestry presents workshop performances of the 2nd act of my opera in development, The Enslavement and Liberation of Oksana G.

June 11 & 12, 2012

From the Tapestry website:

“Sung in Ukrainian, Russian and English, this opera vérité with prologue and epilogue uses non-operatic music from various cultures to enhance the composed score and drama. The tragic ménage à trois is a topic as ancient as Greek drama, but in Oksana G. it takes on a life as immediate as today’s headlines, yet honours the ingredients common to all great operas: universality, timelessness and high emotion.”

The Surrender of Singapore to the Japanese in World War II

Like most composers, I absorbed certain widely accepted musical axioms from my university studies, but they’ve never been entirely satisfying. As a consequence, I constantly search for better explanations, in the process hopefully becoming a better artist. One of the issues I’m increasingly focusing on is how music history is interpreted. Although I have previously argued for an enhanced role for music history in composer education, I also think we need to re-examine how we use (and abuse) that history. In my own practice, letting go of false history-based causative associations, what I see as a kind of compositional historicism, has paid creative dividends. (more…)

Ernest Balmer Studio
55 Mill Street Toronto, Canada
Tickets: $25/$20

March 9 and 10, 2011

From the Tapestry website:

“Sung in Ukranian, Russian and English, this opera vérité with prologue and epilogue uses non-operatic music from various cultures to enhance the composed score and drama. The tragic ménage à trois is a topic as ancient as Greek drama, but in Oksana G. it takes on a life as immediate as today’s headlines, yet honours the ingredients common to all great operas: universality, timelessness and high emotion.”