Opera America New Works Showcase 2017
Featuring: Rated R for Rat
(Wang Jie, composer and librettist), Charlotte Salomon: Der Tod und die Malerin
(Michelle DiBucci), Machine
(Rene Orth, composer, Jason Kim, librettist), Before the Night Sky
(Randall Eng, composer, Donna Di Novelli, librettist), The Nefarious, Immoral but Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke and Mr. Hare
(Julian Grand, composer, Mark Campbell, librettist).
Music Director: Erik Ochsner and the SONOS Chamber Orchestra
Unique Elements: Each of the 5 pieces had a different orchestra set up; we had less than 2 minutes to re-arrange the entire percussion section between pieces.
LUMA Projection Arts Festival www.lumafestival.com
- Cast consisted of 19 soloists, 15 chorus and 38 orchestra.
Production Director 2016, Consultant 2017
LUMA is the country’s first projection arts Festival. It was launched in 2015 by 3 Binghamton residents; an event planner, a visual artist, and a film professional who relocated from LA. Projection Mapping is the art of using extremely powerful projectors on historic or compelling architecture to create the illusion that the building itself is “coming alive”. Projected buildings can break apart, grow, or rearrange themselves before your very eyes. In 2017 LUMA produced 5 brand new videos (one from B.C. Comics with a Live Orchestra and 2 as part of a competition) in downtown Binghamton simultaneously over the course of one evening.
Unique Elements: The Binghamton Philharmonic had 3 chances to practice with the video and click track (in Maestro’s ear and visible on his screen) before the doors were open to the audience. Every performance was perfect.
Broadway Bares (2009, 2010, 2017) www.broadwaybares.com
- Mason Mastroianni (artist/cartoonish of B.C. Comic and Wizard of Id) is a local of Binghamton, NY and created an original video (with animator Zach Mulligan) for the Festival. It was this piece that was timed with the Philharmonic playing live.
- Over 30,000 people attended the free event in Binghamton, NY. The streets were so crowded I couldn’t leave the back of the theatre!
- 2017 will feature artists from Barcelona, Budapest and NYC.
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance. Broadway Bares is one of the many events they produce every year to help raise money for their cause. Bares was started in 1992 by Jerry Mitchell and 8 dancers who raised $8,000. In 2017, Bares raised $1.57 million!
Unique Elements: Bares is managed by over 40 volunteer stage managers every year.
- All dancers, designers, choreographers, stage managers are volunteers. Every penny raised goes directly to BC/EFA and to those in need.
- On the performance day, we are called at 8 am, dancers at 9 am for 2 (or 3!) run thru’s, a dress rehearsal after dinner, 2 performances (9:30 and midnight) and then strike!