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Reminder: The Pocket Opera Players Present: SPACE IN THE HEART, A JAZZOPERA Friday and Saturday, November 5 & 6 7:30 pm at Symphony Space Thalia

November 1, 2010

  To: Listings/Critics/Features
From: Jazz Promo Services
Press Contact: Jim Eigo,


Friday and Saturday, November 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm.

The Pocket Opera Players Present:


Music by Bill (William O.) Smith  Libretto by Peter Monaghan

Directed by Beth Greenberg     

Starring Rachelle Fleming, Nicole Pasternak, and Dominic Inferrera

with Bill Smith, clarinet
John Eaton, piano
Michael Bisio, bass
Alan Bergman, drums

Following the one-act opera, a set of original songs and jazz standards
will be performed by the cast and instrumentalists.

Symphony Space Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th St.  New York City
Enjoy a beverage from the café bar during the show.

Box Office:  (212) 864-5400
Online tickets at SymphonySpace.org
$35/$30/$25 Discounts for students/seniors

For full web page, more info, http://composers.com/page/space-heart-nov-5-6

Bill Smith is a composer and virtuoso clarinetist with several decades of experience in new music (as William O. Smith) and jazz (as Bill Smith). He has for 60 years collaborated with Dave Brubeck, and has composed numerous works for jazz and new classical performance with commissions by the likes of the Modern Jazz Quartet and Shelley Manne.

The writers have created a modern American tale: A model astronaut falls for a colleague and desperately pursues him, then stalks and attacks a rival with a plan of action deranged and ineffectual. Such events express themes of power, desire, and desperation. They also crystallize around archetypal and mythic elements. – despite any real, actual events

Librettist Peter Monaghan explains, "My hope has been to achieve a new kind of opera that is simple and clear with maximum freedom for the performers, especially the instrumentalists, who largely improvise."

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