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May 29 – June 6, 2015

Crossing – A New American Opera

American Repertory Theater

Matt Aucoin, Composer

Diane Paulus, Director

Shubert Theater, Boston

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Inspired by the diary Walt Whitman kept as a nurse during the Civil War, this world premiere opera by the extraordinary young composer Matthew Aucoin explores how the individual experiences of soldiers are remembered and told. As Whitman listens to wounded veterans share their memories and messages, he forges a bond with a soldier who forces him to examine his own role as writer and poet. This new opera, featuring the Boston-based orchestra A Far Cry, an ensemble at the forefront of a dynamic new generation in classical music is produced in association with Music-Theatre Group.

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July 8, 2015

Daniel Neer in Recital

A Program of American Art Song

Bar Harbor Music Festival, Maine

Marijo Newman, Piano

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Daniel Neer and Marijo Newman present a program of American Art Song for the New Composers Recital at the Bar Harbor Music Festival.  Familiar works by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Ned Rorem and John Duke will be presented, along with a few forgotten gems by Elinor Remick Warren, Amy Beach and Henry Thacker Burleigh.  In addition to recent works by Susan Botti, Chandler Carter and Ellen Mandel, the focus of the recital will be three world premieres: There are two Ripenings by Taylor Brooke based on the Emily Dickinson poem; a new setting of Whitman’s Oh Captain! My Captain! by Edmund Cionek; and the song cycle Gitchee Gumee by Jonathan David to original texts by Daniel Neer.

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