Opera Philadelphia will develop the American Repertoire Council, a national advisory body charged with assessing and deconstructing the company’s current process for creating new operatic works. The council will discuss the challenges of presenting opera in a competitive cultural landscape and, through conversations with leaders in other fields—such as technology, theater, and academia— will explore alternatives to Opera Philadelphia’s typically straightforward process of new opera development. This influx of artistic advisory experience will directly impact the organization’s 10-year commitment to producing one new American opera each season, building on its recent Center-funded commission of Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Silent Night. Opera Philadelphia will disseminate the council’s findings to others in the field.1
As part of her Carnegie International project, Zoe Strauss is taking portraits of the residents of Homestead, PA. Plus, news on Brian Phillips, Frank Sherlock, Kinan Abou-Afach, Matthew Cox, Jay Kirk, and more.
Daniel Fishkin is a composer, sound artist, and instrument builder whose work is informed by his personal experiences with tinnitus.
Located in Fairmount Park, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953, using traditional techniques and materials, and moved to Philadelphia in 1958.
Karen E. Outen is a writer and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
Roko Kawai is a dance artist and a 2003 Pew Fellow.
In 2013, the Center funded 52 projects, welcomed 13 new Pew Fellows, and brought to Philadelphia exemplary cultural practitioners from around the world for roundtable discussions and lectures.
Philosopher Christoph Cox discusses how audiences can approach the style of music known as “noise.”
Contemporary Renaissance man, 2011 Pew Fellow, and “idea factory” Jorge Cousineau counts set design, lighting design, videography, and music composition among his talents.
Paul Hostetter is the Ethel Foley Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Activities at Columbus State University, and is a conductor for the Sequitur Ensemble and the New York Concerti Sinfonietta.
An evening of theater, dance, and multimedia performances inspired by the Center-funded project Cliveden’s Living Kitchens.
With support from the Center, the Arden has integrated visually dazzling video design into live productions and enhanced its work for young audiences.
In this month’s Pew Fellows news highlights, novelist Beth Kephart describes seeing the landscape of her unwritten novel through the eyes of videographer Lori Waselchuk. Composer Bhob Rainey makes music out of squid neurons and mathematical formulas, and poet Major Jackson discusses the simple act of paying attention.