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WhiteBoxLab >> SoundLounge : Operatic Series : Mysterium Novum

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WhiteBoxLab >> SoundLounge : Operatic Series presents

in collaboration with The Nouveau Classical Project

Mysterium Novum

 

Live Performances (Click here for tickets; free for kids under 18):
June 25th at 8pm
June 26th at 6pm & 8pm

Open House Installation (free admission):
On June 26 from 12pm-5pm, the visual installation portion of Mysterium Novum will be free and open to the public and feature recorded music (no live musicians)

WhiteBox
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New York, NY 10002

The Nouveau Classical Project (NCP) presents Mysterium Novum, an immersive art installation and concert experience inspired by synesthesia, a neurological phenomenon where stimulation of one sense involuntarily triggers another.  Synesthetic artists often find their condition to be a natural source of inspiration in their work, such as composer Alexander Scriabin, who related colors to music and believed his synesthesia heightened his intake and creation of art.  Mysterium Novum is a new interpretation of Scriabin’s Mysterium, an unrealized production that was designed to simulate the synesthetic experience.

Mysterium Novum features a forest of lush ribbons by the synesthetic artist Anne Patterson (2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral) embedded with 10 instrumentalists performing a new piece with electronics by Paul Haas (“Visionary”-Time Out New York), scents and costumes by Atelier de Geste (Art and Olfaction Award nominee), and lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew (MET Museum, BAM, St. Ann’s Warehouse, The Kitchen).  Audience members can freely roam around this forest and touch reactive flowers created by Joel Mellin (Head of Technology at Sudden Industries).

Installation Anne Patterson
Music Paul Haas (World Premiere), performed by The Nouveau Classical Project
Scents and Costumes Atelier de Geste
Interactive Technology Joel Mellin
Lighting Design Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew

The Nouveau Classical Project
Marina Kifferstein, violin
Frederique Gnaman, violin
Hannah Levinson, viola
Jillian Bloom, cello
Shawn Lovato, bass
Laura Cocks, flute
Stuart Breczinski, oboe
Isabel Kim, clarinet
Mara Mayer, clarinet
Sugar Vendil, piano

ARTIST BIOS

The Nouveau Classical Project is a contemporary classical music ensemble and production hub where music intersects with fashion and art.  Led by Artistic Director and Pianist Sugar Vendil, we create compelling concerts through dynamic collaborations.  Our roots in working with fashion designers evolved into commissioning a variety of artists in our continual exploration of imaginative ways to present and experience new music.

NCP has performed at exciting venues such as (le) poisson rouge, Galapagos Art Space, Korea Gallery, Symphony Space, The Center for Fiction, and Issue Project Room as part of MATA’s Interval series.  Fashion collaborations include CFDA winner Pamela Love, Project Runway winner Gretchen Jones, Kempner Collection, Ecco Domani winner Novis, Tanya Taylor, and more.  Our projects are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and other generous foundations and individual donors. nouveauclassical.org

Anne Patterson, has created incredibly varied works; from technologically advanced performances such as Mercury Soul at New World Symphony, to productions of Cabaret at Arena Stage, to large scale installations. Her theatrical and symphonic partnerships have included major venues across the United States: Avery Fisher Hall, Arena Stage, The Wilma Theater, The Kennedy Center, Alliance Theater, and prestigious symphonies throughout the country (San Francisco, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago). Anne’s music–inspired installation, Graced With Light, created as the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco was extremely popular and featured nearly 20 miles of multi-colored  ribbons cascading from the church’s vaulted ceiling arches. She has exhibited her paintings and sculptures at Dillon Gallery, Denise Bibro, and Wallspace in New York City; The Shaw Room and Gallery 112 in Atlanta, GA; and the Cade Tompkins Projects in Providence, RI. BA Architecture, Yale University; MFA Set and Costume Design, Slade School of Art, London UK.

According to The New York TimesPaul Haas (www.paulhaas.com) “is surely on the brink of a noteworthy career.” Time Out New York calls him a “visionary.” The world premiere of his 80-minute concert event ARCO took place on the opening night of the Park Avenue Armory’s Tune-In Music Festival, ranked by New York’s WQXR as The Top New Music Event of 2011. Haas is the founder and Artistic Director of the critically-acclaimed Sympho, a groundbreaking ensemble that creates live orchestral experiences for the 21st century by placing classical music in new contexts (www.symphoconcerts.org). In October 2013, Haas was commissioned by San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral to create a 70-minute musical installation, which was presented in collaboration with artist Anne Patterson’s stunning visual textures. And after his first installation (2012) in the Oliver Ranch Foundation’s Tower (a monolithic eight-story, 80-foot tall sculpture and performance venue designed by Ann Hamilton in California’s wine country that has hosted concerts by such artistic luminaries as Meredith Monk and the Kronos Quartet), Haas has been singled out as the only artist ever to be re-commissioned by the ORF, creating yet another immersive, site-specific concert experience at the Tower in September 2014.

Beau Rhee (Atelier de Geste) is a Designer, Artist, and Choreographer. Her work stems from choreographic ideas that are expressed in gestural, colorist and geometric themes. Objects and garments, scents, and wearable art pieces are often created for her performances. These pieces are the origin for Atelier de Geste, her design studio & brand. Rhee’s first scent and design work was shown at her MFA thesis exhibition at the Haute école d’art et de design de Genève (University of Art & Design Geneva) in Foundation Kugler in 2012, and have since been exhibited as works of art alongside her performances at Hammer Museum LA, Baryshnikov Art Center, Musée d’art et d’histoire, and la Maison Blanche de le Corbusier among others. Her work has been featured in British Vogue, Coolhunting, Elle, and the Art & Olfaction Awards. Rhee completed her BA at Barnard College, Columbia University in Art History & Dance in 2007. She currently lives and works in NYC. www.atelierdegeste.com

Joel Mellin is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist whose exploratory career has taken him from NASA space science engineering to studying with the musicians in the remote villages of Bali, Indonesia.  He is a visual artist/composer/musician/sound artist/instrument builder. His work has been performed in the US at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The Smithsonian Institute (DC), the Princeton Festival (NJ), the Chocolate Factory Theater, The Kitchen, Ronald Feldman Gallery, Hartwick College, Adelphi University, and the Gershwin Hotel (NY). Internationally, his work has been featured in the Dublin Fringe and Dance Festivals and with the indie-pop-friendly London-based music label Where It’s At Is Where You Are. In 2009, Oakland-based Kolourmeim Press published a limited edition book and companion CD entitled, Compositions For Computer: Volume 1. He is currently the Head of Technology at the NYC-based digital agency Sudden Industries (www.suddenindustries.com). Find out more information about Joel and his various projects at www.joelmellin.com.

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew is a NYC based lighting designer in opera, theater, dance, and installation.  Her work was described as “…contains the vibrant richness of a Caravaggio painted in neon.” Her designs have been seen in venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Rose Theater Jazz at Lincoln Center, Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), HERE Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama ETC, The Kitchen, ArtsEmerson, Manhattan School of Music, Joyce SOHO, Bard Music Festival, REDCAT, Highways Performance Space, and internationally at Havana, Prague, Lima, Graz and Edinburgh. Recent: Tan Dun’s Water Passion and Lang Lang In Concert at MET Museum, Sam Falls’September Spring, Debussy’s Pelleas and Melisande at the Waterfront Barge Museum, the premiere of Stephan Weisman’s Scarlet Ibis and Kamala Sankaram’s Thumbprint with Prototype, HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale with Alan Gilbert and Doug Fitch, Schubert’s Fierrabras with Leon Botstein, Gotham Opera’s Orientale, Jonathan Dawe’s Cosi Faran Tutti, Aaron Siegel’s Brother Brother, and Don Quijote de la Mancha: Romances y Musicias with Jordi Savall. Recipient of the NEA/TCG Career Development Program. www.jeanetteyew.com

NYSCA     Department of Cultural Affairs NYC

WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge: APOCRYPHA

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Saturday, May 2 | 8pm

Fred Sherry hosts the Daedalus Quartet, William Schimmel and Talujon, prerforming works by Luke Carlson, Daniel Fawcett (2015 L&L composers competition winner), William Schimmel, Anna Thorvaldsdottir, and Anna Weesner.

Sunday, May 3 | 7pm

Terrance McKight hosts Miranda Cuckson, the Tyshawn Sorey Trio, and Jeffery Zeigler with Jason Treuting, performing works by Paola Prestini, Shulamit Ran, Kaija Saariaho, Tyshwan Sorey, Jason Treuting (2015 L&L commission), and Iannis Xenakis.

For tickets contact Look and Listen Festival

 

 

Oracle

Friday, May 8 | 7:30pm

In this concert, members of New Vintage Baroque wade into the ambiguous territory of anonymous, misattributed, and spurious works. Accompanying them on this journey will be the composing-singing-bards of Oracle Hysterical, writing companion pieces to the Passionate Pilgrim, an anonymous anthology of 20 poems once attributed to one “W. Shakespeare.” Featuring new works by Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett, Elliot Cole, and Majel Connery.

For tickets contact New Vintage Baroque

 

 

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Whitebox Art Center in collaboration with PAJ

PAJ 109 – Performance and Architecture Launch | March 1st  2pm – 4pm PAJ 109’s design portfolios were organized by landscape architect Cathryn Dwyre, who teaches at Pratt, and architect Chris Perry, head of graduate studies and director of the Geofutures… Continue reading

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R. B. Schlather: Opera: Alcina

Photograph by Matthu Placek

WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge
presents

R. B. SCHLATHER: OPERA: ALCINA George Frideric Handel, 1735

Open rehearsals | September 6-17th
Free and open to the public daily except for Thursdays | 11am-6pm

General Rehearsal | September 19th | 7pm
Performances | September 20th & 21st | 7pm
Talk back after performance on September 21st

SUGGESTED DONATION TICKETING FOR RESERVATIONS TO GENERAL REHEARSAL 9/19 AND FINAL PERFORMANCES 9/20-9/21

PRODUCTION TEAM

Music Director | Geoffrey McDonald
Stage Director | R. B. Schlather
Costume | Terese Wadden
Scenography | Paul Tate DePoo
Lighting Design | JAX Messenger
Hair and Makeup Design | Dave Bova
Titles | Steven Jude Tietjen
Stage Manager | Audrey Chait
Interactive Media Design | Igor Molochevski
Assistant Director | Emily Cuk

CAST
Alcina | Katharina Hagopian
Ruggiero | Jamie Van Eyck
Morgana | Anne- Carolyn Bird
Bradamante | Eve Gigliotti
Oronte | Samuel Levine
Melisso | David Adam Moore

ORCHESTRA
Harpsichord | Elliot Figg
Oboe | Ellen Hindson
Violin | Johanna Novom
Oboe | Kristin Olson
Cello | Katie Rietman
Viola | Elizabeth Weinfield
Bass | Wen Yang
Violin | Jude Ziliak

Press

New York Times, A Sorceress Stirs Up a Sense of Adventurousness by Zachary Woolfe

Huffington Post, The Rumors of Opera’s Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (Pt. 2) by Jennifer Rivera

Frankfurter Allfemeine Blog, Im weißen Zauberschuhkarton steckt die Zukunft der Oper by Patrick Bahners

Parterre Box, About Last Night by John Yohalem

IMBY (In My Backyard), Hudson’s Schlather Directs Handel’s “Alcina” in New York by John Issacs

IMBY (In My Backyard), Open house: Opera at Whitebox > SoundLounge by Whitebox Art Center

Press Release

New York City – Whitebox Art Center is pleased to present the work of opera director R. B. Schlather as part of WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, a series of unconventional works. For two weeks, Whitebox’s main exhibition space will be a laboratory for the rehearsal and performance of an operatic score, culminating in two performances of George Frideric Handel’s Alcina, an 18th century baroque opera. This theatric installation uses the opera seria, or “serious opera”, Alcina (1735) as source material. The libretto, L’Isola d’Alcina (1728) is by Riccardo Broschi, based off of Ludovico Ariosto’s epic poem Orlando Furioso. Alcina is a story of love and illusion that premiered during Handel’s remarkable hit season at the Covent Garden Theatre in London in 1735, and is regarded as one of his most inventive and melodic musical scores.

WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge and R. B. Schlather respond to the changing landscape of operatic performance in New York City and around the world by staging this work in an untraditional opera venue. As a laboratory, WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge is delighted to open all musical and staging rehearsals, September 6 – 17, prior to the General Rehearsal on September 19th at 7pm and the final productions on September 20th and 21st at 7pm, with a Talkback after the performance on the 21st moderated by Joseph Cermatori. This program will be free and open to the public daily, except for Thursdays, from 11am to 6pm. For the final performances, the opera will be enacted live with an orchestra, in Italian, utilizing new technologies with projected English subtitles.

The opera is set on the island of the enchantress Alcina, and explores themes of identity, illusion, and transformation. This island exists as a beautiful landscape in the middle of the ocean, where Alcina culls her powers to create a paradise, only to lure and seduce the knights that wash up on her shore, one of whom is the heroic Ruggiero. Alcina’s magic causes Ruggiero to fall under her spell and, in doing so, he forsakes his duty as a knight and forgets his fiancée, Bradamante. The opera develops as Bradamante disguises herself as a male warrior her brother “Ricciardo” and sets out on a mission to recover her love.

Accompanied by Alcina’s guardian, Melisso, the two are shipwrecked on Alcina’s island by fate. Imminent danger awaits Ruggiero, as Alcina possesses the power to transform her foes and lovers of whom she tires into rocks, trees, and wild beasts. The already heavily dramatized plot is further complicated by the integration of different characters who all, in their own right, act on emotions of love and jealousy. In portraying Alcina’s thickened plot, Schlather’s production brings to life a story of enchantment, folding into it classic operatic moments of romance, betrayal, violence, unrequited love, and magic.

R. B. Schlather is an opera director based in Manhattan, NY. Schlather’s recent credits include Werther for Opera Company Brooklyn, Treemonisha for New York City Opera, and Some Call Refuge at Vaudeville Park. Additionally, Schlather has directed The Arianna Project for lauded early music group Musica Nuova, a concert with Nico Muhly and Gotham Chamber Opera at the multimedia art cabaret (le) Poisson Rouge . He is also accredited for I. Were., a pastiche created with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and dramaturge Joe Cermatori for the Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. He regularly assists Christopher Alden, most recently at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Boston Lyric Opera, English National Opera salon and sanctuary concert, New York City Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company. He has assisted Kevin Newbury at Bard Summerscape and Central City Opera. In the near future, Schlather will be directing opera productions at Tanglewood Music Festival and at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

R. B. Schlather’s production is part of Whitebox’s new program, WhiteboxLab>Sound Lounge, which aims to create sustained and in-depth exposure for artists working in temporal mediums such as performance, sound art, and literary arts, while providing a platform for audiences to experience artist practices.

Synopsis: The sorceress Alcina lives on an island in the ocean, and enchants the knights that arrive on her shores. When tired of her lovers she transforms them into rocks, trees and wild beasts. The heroic knight Ruggiero has fallen under her spell, and forgotten his fiancée, Bradamante. Bradamante, in male disguise as her brother “Ricciardo,” has set out with her guardian, Melisso, to recover Ruggiero, and the two are shipwrecked on Alcinaʼs island by fate. There they encounter Alcinaʼs flighty sorceress sister, Morgana, who instantly falls in love with “Ricciardo.” They discover Ruggiero in Alcinaʼs embrace, with no memory of his betrothal. He angrily rebukes “Ricciardo” as competing for Alcinaʼs affections. Alcinaʼs general, Oronte, in love with Morgana and stung by her sudden infatuation with “Riccairdo”, arrives to challenge “him” to a duel. This dramatic scenario of identities and transformations plays out until the source of Alcinaʼs magic power is broken, and all, including Alcinaʼs transfigured lovers, are returned to human shape and sanity.

R. B. Schlather 2014

This opera is made possible by Felicia Blum, Allen R. & Judy Brick Freedman, Stephanie French and Charles Klein, Sherwin M. Goldman, Nancy Henriksson, Graham and Susan McDonald, Roy Niederhoffer, Nowick Taylor Trust, The Alfred & Jane Ross Foundation and Karen R. Schlather

Press Contact: press@whiteboxny.org

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The programs of Whitebox Art Center are made possible in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

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