New Opera Premiere Jan 7th NYC
Featuring Charles Coleman – Baritone
$10 in advance, $20 at the door
Dan Cooper — Selected works (intermezzo TBA)
Milica Paranosic — A Little Ribbon Helps Tie Things Together
Alon Nechushtan — Dear Midnight of Love
On Saturday, January 7th at 7pm at Church Street School for Music & Art, Church Street School for Music and Art presents The Most Expensive Noise, featuring new chamber operas by Gene Pritsker, Milica Paranosic, and Alon Nechushtan.
Gene Pritsker’s The Meeting, with a story and libretto by Roger Aplon, looks into the lives of two old friends reuniting in a café. As they discuss their past together, a ghostly presence reminds them of the ups and downs of their friendship.
A Little Ribbon Helps Tie Things Together is a short comic opera by Milica Paranosic and Mia Chung about love, weddings, and infidelity.
Alon Nechushtan’s Dear Midnight of Love looks with humor at hapless realities of the COVID-19 era, as Joey, an aging Chicago gangster, is sucked into the world of online dating.
Additionally, the event will feature intermezzi by composer Dan Cooper.
About Composers Concordance
Staying in rotation for 39 years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance, founded in 1984 by Joseph Pehrson and Patrick Hardish, advised by Otto Luening, strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Debra Kaye, and Seth Boustead. Composers Concordance has also created a Naxos-distributed record label: Composers Concordance Records, co-directed by Peter Jarvis. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition. http://www.composersconcordance.com
About Adriana Valdés, soprano
Cuban born Adriana Valdés Santibáñez, studied violin at Manuel Saumell in Cuba, and majored in Voice at the Escuela Superior de Música (Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, INBA) in Mexico City. Adriana has been a Soloist Soprano in Mexico, the United States, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and Honduras. She is the Winner of four National Competition Prizes in Mexico: First Place and The Roberta Peters Prize by Opera de San Miguel, and Second Prize and First Zarzuela Prize by Contest Carlo Morelli in Mexico. https://www.adrianavaldessoprano.com/
About Kevin Courtemanche, tenor
Kevin Courtemanche, tenor, has sung more than 40 opera roles with companies across the United States. He created the role of the Brigadier General in Philip Glass’ Appomattox for San Francisco Opera, and has appeared with the St. Petersburg Opera, New York Grand Opera, the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Berkeley Opera, Opera at Florham, Mission City Opera, Bleeker Street Opera, and Amore Opera, among others. In concert he has been heard as a soloist with the Baltimore Handel Society, Symphony Parnassus, Symphony of North-West Arkansas, San Mateo Masterworks Chorale, Bismark-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, and the Hradic Králové Philharmonic.