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FRESH SQUEEZED OPERA PRESENTS A “SHOWCASE” OF NEW CHAMBER-VOCAL MUSIC

For its first production of the 2017-18 season, Fresh Squeezed Opera presents their annual “Showcase” of new chamber-vocal music at the Cell Theatre, featuring Paola Prestini’s Body Maps, on Thursday November 2, 2017, 8:00pm. Performance at The Cell Theatre 338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011 Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00pm
FRESH SQUEEZED OPERA PRESENTS A “SHOWCASE” OF NEW CHAMBER-VOCAL MUSIC
PR-Inside.com: 2017-10-03 00:12:48
FRESH SQUEEZED OPERA PRESENTS

A “SHOWCASE” OF NEW CHAMBER-VOCAL MUSIC

FEATURING PAOLA PRESTINI’S BODY MAPS

Performance at

The Cell Theatre

338 West 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011

Thursday November 2, 2017 8:00pm

New York, October 3 – For its first production of the 2017-18 season, Fresh Squeezed Opera presents their annual “Showcase” of new chamber-vocal music at the Cell Theatre, featuring Paola Prestini’s Body Maps, on Thursday November 2, 2017, 8:00pm.


New music, particularly vocal pieces, represents the legacy of the cultural heritage of the magnificent and long-enduring genre of opera. Selected from a call for scores yielding over 200 submissions, the “Showcase” is an evening presentation of new vocal works keeping the operatic genre alive and fresh. Paola Prestini’s Body Maps is featured –Body Maps is a personal portrait explores the plurality of certain human experiences, highlighting our strengths and vulnerabilities, particularly those of our own bodies. The piece explores the range of both the cello and the human voice (itself a body part), structurally balanced by both an electronic choir of voices and a choir of cellos. Though essentially a duo, the layering and counterpoint represent the complexity and scope of the theme.

Selected pieces are: Epitaphs (World Premiere) by Marcus Maroney; Leda Songs (U.S. Premiere) by Monica Pearce; Body Maps by Paola Prestini; Random Blackouts I by Dr. Greg A. Steinke; and The Gorgeous Nothings by Ingrid Stölzel.

Maggie Finnegan (soprano), and Maureen Kelly (cello) will be performing the featured piece, Body Maps. Other performers include: Walter Aparicio (piano), Lee Braun (oboe), Shane Brown (baritone), Denise Crawfort (soprano), Christine Duncan (mezzo soprano), Maria Hadge (cello), Jane Hoffman (soprano), Sean Patrick Jernigan (baritone), Eric Lemmon (viola), Victoria Lewis (violin), Jonathan Lowery (clarinet/bass clarinet), Barbara Porto (soprano), and Sugar Vendil (piano).

Tickets are available by visiting www.freshsqueezedopera.com/tickets. General admission tickets are $10 online, $12 at the door. A reception with beer and wine will be held following the performance.

About Fresh Squeezed Opera

Supported by a strong community of composers and performers, FSO presents genre-pushing new works of the highest caliber that explore the depths of operatic music. We believe that collaboration across disciplines, fields, and media pushes the genre of opera forward. FSO connects singers and composers, and gives them the resources to collaboratively create new work and grow professionally. There is a role for opera in contemporary society, and we present operas that current audiences and New York communities can connect and engage with.

Founded in 2013, Fresh Squeezed Opera dedicates itself to providing composers with a platform to present their new music, specifically focusing on vocal works and fully-staged opera. In our five years of operation, we’ve proudly presented over 25 composers’ works, with consistently sold-out houses as a testament to the power of new music.

Fully staged operatic productions include Scopes (Spencer Snyder, 2017*), Prix Fixe (Kevin Wilt, 2017), The Yellow Wallpaper (Whitney George, 2016*), Baby Shower (Bruce Trinkley, 2015), and La Zombiata (Jillian Flexner, 2014*). Forthcoming performances include Here be Sirens, by Kate Soper (2016), and Knot an Opera, by Constantin Basica (2016). (*Indicates World Premiere)

For complimentary tickets or more information, please contact:

Jillian Flexner, Executive Director

jflexner@freshsqueezedopera.com

(919) 272-7645

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Fresh Squeezed Opera Company
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Jillian Flexner
Executive Director
9192727645
email
www.freshsqueezedopera.com


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