New York City Opera's Looking Forward Ends Tour at Avery Fisher Hall April 11

Classic Arts Features   New York City Opera's Looking Forward Ends Tour at Avery Fisher Hall April 11
 
The New York City Opera will complete its 5-borough tour Looking Forward April 11 at Alice Tully Hall. Having kicked off Oct. 4, 2008, in Staten Island, this marks the program's only Manhattan performance.


Developed by New York City Opera's Music Director George Manahan, Looking Forward surveys the musical language of the twentieth century.

Conducted by New York City Opera Music Director George Manahan, the concert will feature soprano Jennifer Zetlan, mezzo soprano Theodora Hanslowe, tenor Robert Breault, bass-baritone Daniel Mobbs, pianist Aleck Karis, harpist Jessica Zhou and Jean Laurendeau on the ondes Martenot. They are joined by the New York City Opera Orchestra and Women of the New York City Opera Chorus.

Highlights of Looking Forward include Olivier Messiaen's Trois petites liturgies de la Pr_sence Divine with Karis and Laurendeau and the Women of the New York City Opera Chorus; Lukas Foss's Time Cycle sung by Zetlan; and Claude Debussy's Danse sacr_e et danse profane featuring Zhou. The program, performed by the New York City Opera Orchestra, will also include Igor Stravinsky's Pulcinella (Ballet).

The program (subject to change) is as follows:

Lukas Foss
Time Cycle
1. We're late (W.H Auden)
2. When the bells justle (A.E. Housman)
3. Sechzehnter Januar (Franz Kafka)
4. O Mensch, gib Acht (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano

Olivier Messiaen
Trois petite liturgies de la Pr_sence Divine
Jean Laurendeau, ondes Martenot
Aleck Karis, piano
Women of the New York City Opera Chorus

Claude Debussy
Danse sacr_e et danse profane
Jessica Zhou, Harp

Igor Stravinsky
Pulcinella, Ballet
I. Overture: Allegro moderato
II. Serenata, Larghetto,"Mentre l'erbetta"
III. Scherzino - Allegro - Andantino - Allegro
IV. Allegretto, Ancora poco meno: "Contento forse vivere"
V. Allegro assai
VI. Allegro (alla breve): "Con queste paroline"
VII. Largo: "Sento dire no' nce pace"
VIII. "Chi disse ca la femmena"
IX. Allegro: "Nc sta quaccuna po'"
X. Presto: "Una te fa la 'nzemprece"
XI. Larghetto
XII. Allegro alla breve
XIII. Allegro moderato: Tarantella
XIV. Andantino: "Se tu m'ami"
XV. Toccata
XVI. Allegro moderato: Gavotta con due variazioni: Allegretto - Allegro
XVII. Vivo
XVIII. Tempo di menuetto: "Pupillette, fiammette d'amore"
XIX. Finale: Allegro assai
Theodora Hanslowe, mezzo-soprano
Robert Beault, tenor
Daniel Mobbs, bass

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Tickets for this 8 PM performance of Looking Forward, priced at $25, may be purchased here.

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Photo highlights from the Oct. 4 Looking Forward performance:

George Manahan and the New York City Opera Orchestra


Soprano Lielle Berman


Soprano Lielle Berman


Soprano Lielle Berman
Principal harpist Jessica Zhou


Principal harpist Jessica Zhou


Soprano Jennifer Zetlan


Soprano Jennifer Zetlan


"Clapping Music"


The New York City Opera Orchestra



The Maestro and Orchestra take a bow


All photos by Carol Rosegg.


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