World Premieres of Two Innovative Vocal Works
Donor Preview: MusicaNova Salon Concert, April 8 at 7 PM
World Premiere: MusicaNova Collaborative Concert, April 10 at 3 PM
Reverent Roman Catholics venerate an apparition, or appearance, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, as a wondrous event. Reported apparitions are formally recognized by the church when it is “bearing good fruit and … leads pilgrims to Jesus.”
Evan Paul’s song cycle celebrates five of the best known apparitions with settings of the four Marian Antiphons as well as the Ave Maria, set for tenor and baritone voices, viola, and piano.
1. Alma Redemptoris Mater (Our Lady of Lourdes)
2. Ave Maria (Our Lady of La Salette)
3. Salve Regina (Our Lady of Akita)
4. Regina Coeli (Our Lady of Fátima)
5. Ave Regina (Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Click here for the complete program notes for Five Apparitions.
Click here for more information on the composer Evan C. Paul.
Click here for more information on the artists:
Paul Nicosia, Tenor
Robert Altizer, Baritone
Graham Cohen, Viola
Warren Cohen, Piano
Based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 existentialist play of the same name, this No Exit updates the scene to the present in a Southwestern milieu and references, with music in the style of classic 18th Century comic opera. Three deceased characters, Garcin, Inez, and Estelle, are welcomed to the afterlife by The Valet, who locks them into a room together for eternity. Sartre’s most well-known quotation, “L’enfer, c’est les autres” (Hell is other people), is the description of the punishment of being forced to see yourself through the eyes of another for eternity.