The Tallis Scholars
Carnegie Hall Chamber Chorus, Peter Phillips, Conductor
BRUMEL Missa Et ecce terrae motus
TALLIS "Loquebantur variis linguis"
TALLIS "Spem in alium"
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola NYC
Friday, April 17, 2015 | 8 PM
The Lucerne Festival episode below is dedicated to the Academy's journey through Berio's Coro leading up to an exciting performance at the KKL Lucerne (some clips from the performance are in the video below). Welcome to my summer at the Lucerne Festival in Switzerland! It was an absolutely life-changing month for me in August of 2014. While working on the Coro with a group of fantastic young professional singers and instrumentalists under Sir Simon Rattle, we slowly voyaged through this, dare I say, "beast" of a piece to uncover the "cities of sonorities" within this massive (and sometimes intimidating) landscape. It was technically very challenging, and emotionally very rewarding.
T h e r i s k - t a k i n g i s e s s e n t i a l . - George Chambers
It was my first time overseas, and MAN did I have it good in Switzerland. I really do miss waking up every day in a place so foreign to me, yet that somehow felt like home - a place with such gorgeous history in the streets, traditions, culture and buildings, and yet the air and vibe was overwhelmingly welcoming. I also miss my hard-working colleagues who were true risk-takers with the music, who inspired me every day. Everything about this month was magical. It was the sort of experience that you get thrown into not knowing what is about to happen, and you feel almost drunk with marvelousness so much that you look back and think - wait, did this all REALLY happen? (Photos below the episode).
Friday, February 13, 8:00 PM
Recital Hall | Staller Center for the Arts
Tickets: $10/$5 students
facebook event: HERE
Sunday, February 15, 8:00 PM
National Opera America Center, 330 Seventh Ave, NYC
Tickets: $10 at the door or through online presale
facebook event: HERE
Music Direction: Timothy Long
Stage Direction: Jen Aylmer
Jaimie is being played by Gennard Lombardozzi
Cathy is being played by Corrine Byrne
From Stony Brook Opera:
"The Stony Brook Opera boldly steps outside the opera repertory to present the hit musical The Last Five Years by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown in two performances: the first on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8 p.m. at the Staller Center Recital Hall at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, the second on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 8 p.m. at the National Opera America Center, 330 Seventh Ave., New York, NY. Admission is $10 at both performances.
Stony Brook's production comes on the heels of a film adaption of the musical for major release, to be released concurrently in movie theaters on February 13. The movie features Broadway stars Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan and is directed by Richard LaGravenese.
Capturing the vulnerability and volatility of love, The Last Five Years recounts the rocky five-year marriage between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hiatt, a struggling actress. The plot creatively manipulates time and perspective; Cathy's story is told in reverse while Jamie's is told in chronological order, with the characters' timelines intersecting in the middle for an emotional wedding duet.
Funny and heartbreaking, The Last Five Years is heralded for its raw material and fresh storytelling. The show won two Drama Desk Awards in 2002 for Outstanding Musical and Lyrics and garnered praise in performances nationally and internationally. Composer Jason Robert Brown is a Tony Award winner best known for pushing the boundaries of Broadway with a contemporary pop/rock style and for finding a balance between complexity and accessibility for newer audiences.
Staring in the Stony Brook production is soprano Corrine Byrne and tenor Gennard Lombardozzi, both versatile singers with professional credits ranging from leading roles in regional opera companies to headlining jazz ensembles. Lombardozzi recently received his doctorate in vocal performing arts at Stony Brook and Byrne is expected to graduate from the program this year. The two were cast due to a strong on-stage chemistry, tested out in a concert of American song last year. "They were both so captivating on stage and so well suited to one another vocally and temperamentally," says David Lawton, artistic director of the Stony Brook Opera.
Directed by Jennifer Aylmer, the production will keep minimal to put the focus on the singers. A small chamber orchestra, comprised of advanced performers from Stony Brook's graduate music program, will accompany. Timothy Long, associate professor of opera studies, will conduct.
"Jason Robert Brown has crafted for us a romance, but he intentionally blurs our perspective of that relationship by immersing us in both the past and present, simultaneously," says Aylmer. "In order best to tell the story of our lovers, Cathy and Jamie, the staging is simple and intimate, allowing us to focus better on those critical emotional peaks that defined their romance."