Composer Lembit Beecher will create a multi-disciplinary chamber opera for soprano Kiera Duffy and the Aizuri String Quartet that focuses on the experience of childhood and will be performed at Drexel University’s URBN Center Annex. Directed by Brian Staufenbiel with original libretto by Hannah Moscovitch, the work will feature a mechanical, electronic sound-generating sculpture that will grow from a small music box into a seven-foot tall object as the performance unfolds. Built in collaboration with architect Simon Kim, engineer Mark Yim, and Director of the Drexel ExCITe Center Youngmoo Kim, the sculpture will represent a family heirloom belonging to the principal character, an 11-year-old girl. Beecher says, “The opera will be structured as a series of conversations between the child and the sculpture, the child telling fantastical stories to the sculpture, and the sculpture responding with its delicately mechanical textures.”
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Over its 18-year history, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) Lively Arts Series has engaged local and national artists to share their work with the college and surrounding Blue Bell community.
The world premiere of a new chamber opera by composer-in-residence Missy Mazzoli and librettist Royce Vavrek, inspired by the 1996 film by Danish auteur Lars von Trier, tells the harrowing tale of a naive newlywed who has chosen to marry outside of her strict Calvinist community in coastal Scotland.
Theater magazine editor Tom Sellar talked with legendary avant-garde performer Kate Valk on the exciting challenges presented by the Wooster Group’s 2011–12 theater season.
Please Touch Museum received an Advancement grant to research and develop a new set of blended digital and hands-on exhibitions, education programs, and marketing and distribution strategies.
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.
Choral Arts Philadelphia presented two concerts exploring liturgical practice with a focus on mystical traditions—sacred and secular, ancient and contemporary.
The Unofficial Guide to Audience Watching Performance is an evening-length autobiographical dance, the culmination of Philadelphia-based breakdancer Raphael Xavier’s 30 years of experience in hip-hop genres. Xavier, a 2013 Pew Fellow, plays with the rhythms of rap, break dancing and narrative to draw parallels between the performer’s body and the stage itself.
Greg “Peache” Jarman (1947–2009) was a musician and a 2000 Pew Fellow in Folk and Traditional Arts.
An outgrowth of the anti-graffiti network, Mural Arts Philadelphia has produced over 3,600 murals since 1984, making it the largest public art program in the United States and earning Philadelphia the nickname “City of Murals.”
Jennifer Higdon is a Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.
An artist talk with Michael Rakowitz, who will discuss his participatory performance and radio project, A Desert Home Companion.
Mick Moloney is a musician and folklorist, and a 2000 Pew Fellow in folk and traditional arts.