Kristof Van Grysperre hard at work on “Queenie Pie”

In his role as Associate Conductor at Long Beach Opera, Kristof Van Grysperre (a member of the Project) and his colleagues have been hard at work preparing an exciting new production for its imminent premiere–Duke Ellington’s jazz opera “Queenie Pie.”

LongBeachOperaQueeniePieIt took many years before a complete performance of Ellington’s unfinished opera was attempted. (The first attempt was in 2008 at the Oakland Opera Theater.) Kristof and the team of singers at Long Beach Opera have worked long hours developing a revised performing version, which will be performed on Jan. 26, Feb. 1, and Feb. 2. Click here for more information. Best wishes for a successful run!

AND: For a classic performance of an “aria” from the original Ellington charts, check out Andre´ DeShields singing “My Father’s Island” in a 1983 broadcast of “Great Performances.”

College Music Society National Conference Presentation

OAc_AIDS_quilt_0612_opt_smallA lecture-recital authored by core group members John Seesholtz and Gerald Seminatore was presented today at the National Conference of the College Music Society. A large audience was introduced to the AIDS Quilt Songbook, and heard  performances by John and Gerald of songs by Annea Lockwood, John Harbison, and Chris DeBlasio. It was well received and stimulated further discussion among some of the attendees.

Spacious Vision artists perform for “unSUNg — Songs Uncommon and New”

Tenor GERALD SEMINATORE and pianist JAEBON HWANG were featured artists on the recent July 14 performance of the new concert series “unSUNg — Songs Uncommon and New” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Glendale, CA. The duo performed Benjamin Britten’s Canticle “My beloved is mine, and I am his,” and several selections from the rarely performed “Vedic Hymns” of Gustav Holst. They will next appear together on Sept. 18, 2013 on the “Music at Noon” series at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church.

Here is an illustration for one of the Vedic Hymns, “Indra, God of Storm and Thunder”. (Unknown illustrator). Indra_God_of_War_webVisuals always help make song repertoire more accessible!