Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Atlanta Opera's 24-Hour Opera Project Returns!

From The Atlanta Opera's Education Director, Emmalee Iden:

Yes it’s true folks – The Atlanta Opera’s 24-Hour Opera Project is back! We had so much fun last year we’re ready to do it again! This is a fun event in which composers, lyricists, directors and singers are paired together to write, rehearse and perform an original opera scene – all in 24 hours. The application deadline for participants December 15. Applicants selected for participation will be notified by December 19.

The 24-Hour Opera Project will kick off at 5PM on Friday, January 20 at First Presbyterian Church in Midtown with the unveiling of the 2012 theme. Composers and lyricists will write all night until the whistle blows at 6AM. Stage directors and singers will take over at that point and begin rehearsing, all leading up to the showcase performance Saturday evening at 7PM. If you had a good time last year, just wait until you see what surprises we’ve got in store for you this year!!!

Some of the comments we received from participants last year:

“I really enjoyed participating in this project, it was like opera bootcamp! I was a lot of hard work and I felt accomplished after the performance. thanks again.”

“I truly had a great experience and was honored to be a part of the first (and hopefully annual) 24 Hour Opera Project.”

“I fell in love with opera. thank you.”

“I learned SO MUCH - which is why I wanted to be involved with the project to begin with. The structure of course made for a wonderful and rewarding challenge (thrilling!) - but collaborating with the artists on a new piece - in a form which is both familiar and different to me - proved mind blowing.”

All the information about the event can be found on our website here: www.atlantaopera.org/24hour.aspx, including video from last year’s event. Please pass this on to anyone you think may be interested in participating. The more the merrier!

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at 404-881-8883 or eiden@atlantaopera.org.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Atlanta's forgotten history of composers

Just appeared this morning in ArtsCriticATL, although quickly disappeared from the home page due to a review by the same author (who should have held onto it for another day, I guess) being posted afterward:

Memorial Drive: Atlanta’s forgotten classical music history  [Mark Gresham | ArtsCriticATL, 21 Nov 2011]

Join in the discussion, and add your own memories of Atlanta composers from the pre-21st-century era to the comments, or e-mail them to me privately if you prefer.

You can also access it by going to the overall Classical Music page on ArtsCriticATL.

—Mark Gresham

Thursday, November 10, 2011

GSU Student Composer Concert

If you happen to find yourself in downtown Atlanta tomorrow, you are cordially invited to join us for a 

Concert of New Works 
by members of the Georgia State University Student Chapter of SCI

DATE: Friday, November 11, 2011
LOCATION: Kopleff Recital Hall, GSU Campus, Atlanta, GA
FREE Admission


Dreams and Fables (2010) for bassoon & piano - premiere - by Matthew EDMANDS 

Eight Little Sketches for Viola (2010) by Ioannis PAPASPYROU

Sonata for Viola & Piano (2010) - premiere - by Taylor HELMS

Gift From Epirus (2010) for woodwind quartet by Ioannis PAPASPYROU

Amalgam Collapsing (2011) for flute, alto flute, double bass & piano by William WALKER

Pathos (2010) for string quartet by Ioannis PAPASPYROU

Wind Quintet (2010) - premiere - by Matthew EDMANDS