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December 12, 2015

And Here We Are (Work in Progress)

Experiments in Opera

Matthew Welch, Composer | Daniel Neer, Librettist

The Stone, NYC

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December 12, 2015 at 8 PM
The Stone, at the corner of Avenue C and 2nd Street
$20 General Admission at the door

As part of Matthew Welch’s weeklong residency at The Stone, Experiments in Opera presents Welch’s full-length opera in progress, And Here We Are. This new work explores imprisonment and the impact of cultural collisions. The story covers Welch’s family’s internment in the Santa Tomas concentration camp in WWII Philippines. The text focuses on the horrifying accounts of his great-uncle Edgar, an opera singer isolated by his move to Asia and internment (1942-45). Featuring Welch’s long-time ensemble Blarvuster with Mantra percussion and baritone Daniel Neer.

more info at the Experiments in Opera


December 18, 2015

Menotti: Amahl & the Night Visitors

Church of the Transfiguration, NYC

more info at Music at Transfiguration and tickets here


December 20 & 21, 2015

Holiday Concert: Vox Vocal Ensemble 

Works & Process series

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, NYC

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December 2 & 21, 2015 at 7 PM
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Fifth Avenue at 89th Street

Celebrate the season with the joyous sounds of holiday music in the museum’s Frank Lloyd Wright–designed rotunda. George Steel conducts the Vox Vocal Ensemble in what has become a revered annual tradition.

tickets ($8–$40) and more info at Works & Process


March 3, 2016

Summer, 1976 (World Premiere) 

Kim Sherman, Composer | Daniel Neer, Librettist

Gursky Songs (World Premiere) 

Alex Burtzos, Composer | Daniel Neer, Poetry

Music and Lyrics: New Vocal Chamber Music

The National Opera Center, NYC

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Summer, 1976 is a new chamber music composition for tenor and string quartet by composer Kim Sherman set to original poetry by Daniel Neer. Divided into four movements that correlate to the summer months, June, July, August and September, and inspired by the metamorphic changes in a butterfly’s lifecycle, Summer, 1976 strives to portray the idyllic coming-of-age of a young boy in sharp contrast to the troubled world that lies just outside the farmlands of Ohio.

Gursky Songs, a new project in collaboration with composer Alex Burtzos, is a collection of three original songs inspired by the epic and evocative photographic installations of Andreas Gursky.

Both premieres will be performed March 3, 2016 at 8 PM at The National Opera Center, Seventh Avenue at 29th Street.


March 13, 2016

Journey: A Recital of American Song

Battelle Fine Arts Center, Riley Auditorium

Otterbein University, OH

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Daniel Neer, soloist, and Timothy Huffman, piano, present a program of American Art Song in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center of Otterbein University.  Familiar works by 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.  World Premieres will include Nightfall by Elizabeth Egan, Travel by Sara Carina Graef; and Love at the Planetarium by Jason Robert Taylor to poetry by Daniel Neer.