Our Next Productions.
May 28 and 30, 2020
A pasticcio of Lied, art song, dance, piano music, prose and visual art for soprano, tenor and baritone, dancers, and a pianist in one captivating show. UN\ROOTED casts a light from different artistic perspectives and cultural backgrounds on humankind's eternal quest for love, a home and peace — and the confrontation with loss and death.
Singing, dancing and visualization are essential to all cultures. UN\ROOTED presents a juxtaposition of these different forms of expression and creates a fascinating tale out of different stories. In a compelling way, UN\ROOTED combines prose and poetry from different countries and periods: A pianist, singers, dancers and visual artists weave a colorful and diverse fabric of humankind's seeking and yearnings that each of us can relate to.
Explore passion, desire and deep emotions as part of the journey called life with haunting music by great composers from three centuries.
UN\ROOTED asks questions: What is important in our lives? What are we rooted in? In a culture, a language, a religion, a place, another human being? What drives us? UN\ROOTED is fun and pleasure: Wonderful music, great lyrics, strong emotions, wit. A journey that brings you to many exciting places without leaving the theater.
OUR SCHOOL OUTREACH SERIES 2019/20
We're Building a City
Written by Hindemith in 1930, the children’s song cycle We're Building a City (Wir bauen eine Stadt) is about an imaginary city built and ruled by children alone, with all the fantasy, non-sense and naivety the situation implies.
The score was originally for piano and children’s choir, but the piece was premiered in 1930 by an orchestra and choir. These modern nursery rhymes, with lyrics by Robert Seitz and Käthe Rudo, were specifically conceived for children’s voices and amateur musicians.
We're Building a City alternates a cappella songs, dialogues, instrumental parts with choir and orchestra numbers, and Hindemith succeeds in keeping things simple but charming.
Sung in the English version.
More information on our OUTREACH page.
Zoltán Kodály's singspiel Háry János has never been performed in the the tri-state area since its premiere in Budapest in 1926. Full of beautiful Hungarian melodies and rhythms, Kodály tells the funny story of a former Austro-Hungarian soldier named János Háry (János his the first name). In his village on the countryside, János is notorious for his boastful stories about his "heroic" life.
Based on a libretto by Béla Paulini and Zsolt Harsányi, Kodály's four-act masterpiece paints an entertaining picture of the Hungarian soul - while Hungary was under Austrian rule in the 1830ies, and after World War One, when Hungary lost over two-thirds of its territory.
Sung in the original Hungarian version, texts spoken in English.
With roles for mezzo-soprano, soprano, baritone, mixed choir, and children's choir, our production of Háry János will also incorporate dance.