Public performances in which I sing or conduct a group of singers
There will be a talk-back after both performances. The entire opera is less than one hour.
We will also be hopping to Shirley, MA on May 19, 2012 at the Meeting House.
I’ve been hearing from friends and former students this past while, and it is such a delight to hear that folks are continuing to sing and create. One has had a TV pilot accepted by CBS in Hollywood, another is singing in Germany, others are continuing their pursuits in Tokyo, Cleveland, and the Bay Area.
What a delight to be part of these lives and to remember how my teachers influenced me–all the voice teachers, choir conductors, English teachers and my yoga instructor, who said “You think you know your limitations but I can see your potential.”
I learn so much from my students, sometimes I think I should pay them!
Enjoying the quiet time by exercising while memorizing the Bunnies opera. Such beautiful music and fun–I so rarely get to be funny onstage.
This character is a hoot and I am having a blast learning about her as I try out her lines on my walks, It also keeps strangers from approaching me, because I am reacting to the music in my head.
So, our set designer, Lisa French, has asked for help with sewing bunnies. We don’t need 334 of them but could use some help. Anyone out there handy with a needle? I’ll send you a patter and you can have a close-up on some rehearsals and our eternal thanks.
334 Bunnies, the opera
Thursday January 26, 8pm Longy School, Harvard Square
Saturday February 4, 4:00 St. John’s in Jamaica Plain
Sing the choruses, or just listen. Saturday December 10, 2011, 4:00pm,
St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, MA. A benefit for
Healing Hands for Haiti.
This fun, clever and tuneful opera will be seen and heard (world premiere!)
Thursday January 26, 2012, 8:00pm at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge MA www.longy.edu
Saturday February 4 at 4:00pm at St. John’s Church in Jamaica Plain, MA www.jpconcerts.org
and Saturday May 19 in Shirley MA at the Shirley Meeting House www.shirleymeetinghouse.org
Francine Trester wrote the words and music. A charming story about a woman who has too many bunnies and the officer of the law sent to shut her down. Their musical sparring touches upon a variety of themes: individual freedom, civil disobedience, and the nature of love itself. Appropriate for adults and children, approximately 1 hour long. www.FrancineTrester.com
I play the rather, um, eccentric woman with the bunnies; Donald Wilkinson is Officer O’Hare (get it?) and our orchestra is the Mockingbird Trio with Fran Trester on violin, Scott Woolweaver on viola and John McDonald at the piano.
Sets by Lisa French (a taste of her art, above and at www.lfrenchillustration.com), directed by Brenda L. Huggins
Today I led 260 Senior Citizens singing “My Girl“in harmony at the Elder Expo in Boston. Can’t get better than that, or can it?
Upcoming: Classes start soon at Longy, NEC and the United South End Settlements (where the hip Seniors find me on Wednesday afternoons).
High Holidays on Cape Cod–I am the cantorial soloist and cannot resist this chavurah (not a congregation, but a great group) that does NOT CHARGE ANYTHING for High Holiday seats (or even to belong). How 60’s is that? http://ahycc.org/
Just finished a wonderful conference for singing teachers–New England NATS–where I learned even more about singing cabaret style and using my “non-legit” voice. Even (especially) singing teachers want to be able to be non-legit…
Upcoming: A new piece by John McDonald on Elizabeth Bennet’s shakuhachi recital at Tufts onOctober 16 (3 PM at Tufts)…come to this free concert and find out what a shakuhachi sounds like.
334 Bunnies in January, February and May (Longy School, JP Concerts and Shirley Meeting House, in that order). More to come!
Saturday, May 7, 4:00 pm,
Mockingbird Trio, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Jamaica Plain
Corner of Roanoke and Revere, near Green St. station.
$10 suggsted donation
I am so delighted to revisit the song cycle, Songs of Time, of Love, of Wonder, for this concert. Douglas Johnson, a long-time friend and colleague from California, wrote this 5-song cycle in 1995 for me, on texts chosen by Aina and me–May Sarton, Emily Dickinson and a Latvian folk poet. We have recorded these songs professionally (see recordings page if you’re interested).
Now, Douglas is reworking the songs to include a bit of viola in some of the songs, which make it even more satisfying to include on a Mockingbird Trio program.
And we are revisiting Eric Sawyer’s Levertov Songs, along with songs of other composers from our original Poet Power concert. Because May 7 is Brahms’ birthday (don’t you all celebrate your favorite composers’ birthdays?), we’ll include some of his works as well.
And John McDonald will likely play some of his fabulous solo piano pieces.
Come join us for a lovely hour of chamber music and still have enough daylight to take a walk in the Arboretum!
please note we have postponed the opera, 334 Bunnies to next year. It will be a hoppin’ production when it arrives…