JHQ: Composers Collaborate on Wednesday 3/21 @ 1600


College To Host Open Rehearsal and Vocal Study
Posted on March 15, 2012

Manhattan College will host Composers Collaborate on Wednesday, March 21 from 4-5 p.m., an open rehearsal that highlights the process through which composers and singers collaborate to create effective vocal music.

Composer Justine F. Chen will coach participating singers in an open rehearsal demonstration, in her own works and those of other composers. The singers will demonstrate traditional technique in a set including Con que la lavare? by Joaquín Rodrigo, performed in Spanish by soprano Lauren Alfano; Mozart’s Torna di Tito a lato from La Clemenza di Tito, performed by mezzo-soprano Stephanie McGuire; and Recondita Armonia from Puccini’s Tosca, performed by tenor Gregory Armstrong. Elizabeth Rodgers will play piano.

The contemporary set will include two original works — an a cappella vocalise from Chen’s opera Jeanne based on the life of Joan of Arc, performed by Alfano, and the role of Philomel from Chen’s 11-minute chamber opera Voice for a Future Nightingale, performed by McGuire. Armstrong will sing R&R by Ben Yarmolinsky with text by poet Samuel Menashe.

The rehearsal will examine how the singers’ vocal and interpretive instincts differ from the composer’s vision, as demonstrated through Chen’s pieces. An open dialogue with the audience will follow the rehearsal.

Composers Collaborate is funded in part through New Music USA’s MetLife Creative Connections program and the department of fine arts at Manhattan College.

The free event is open to the public and will take place in the Manhattan College choir room, Thomas Hall 517.

For more information, please contact Mark Pottinger, Ph.D., chair of the Manhattan College fine arts department, at (718) 862-7372 or email mark.pottinger@manhattan.edu.


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