From: Jazz Promo Services
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Friday and Saturday, November 5 & 6 at 7:30 pm.The Pocket Opera Players Present: SPACE IN THE HEART, A JAZZOPERA 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
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."
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.
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