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The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio Back by Popular Demand

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 at 8:00PM

Behind the Door

  • Sep 2019

    17 Tue

    8:00PM

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The Constitution: A Secular Oratorio Back by Popular Demand

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019 at 8:00PM

New York, NY , United States of America




THE
CONSTITUTION BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Four
more performances at Behind the Door

beginning
on Constitution Day, September 17, 2019.

THE
CONSTITUTION: A SECULAR ORATORIO

By
Benjamin Yarmolinsky

 

Four
Performances Only

Tuesday,
September 17 (Constitution Day), 2019, 8:00 pm

Tuesday,
September 24, 2019, 8:00 pm

Thursday,
September 26, 2019, 8:00 pm

Saturday,
September 28, 2019, 8:00 pm

 

Location

Behind
the Door

219
Court Street

Brooklyn
NY 11201

 

F
and G trains to Bergen Street and 2, 3, 4, and 5 trains to Borough
Hall

 

General
Admission $35 / Premium Front Row Seating $60

http://constitutionrevival.brownpapertickets.com

Vertical
Player Repertory premiered 
The
Constitution, A Secular Oratorio
,
by American composer Benjamin Yarmolinsky in June 2019 for two
sold-out performances. A setting for chorus and soloists of
substantial portions of the United States Constitution,
including highlights of Articles 1-7, the Bill of Rights, and
subsequent amendments, the premiere of this timely new work will be
extended for four more performances in September, in VPR's original
staging and with the original cast of 24 singers accompanied by
piano.

The
U.S. Constitution and the structure of the U.S. government have been
much in the forefront of recent news. We invite you to revisit our
democracy's rule book in a new way, and reflect on the rights it
guarantees. Yarmolinsky, a composer called "wildly eclectic"
by 
The
New York Times
,
specializes in tackling legal texts, for example, the Miranda Rights,
the IRS 1040, and the transcripts of the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas
hearings set as an opera (
Clarence
& Anita
).
In this oratorio, he draws from the history of American and European
music, combining jazzy rhythms, blues, folk, gospel, and Handelian
flourishes, to give voice to the Constitution's iconic words in a
clear, vigorous, unexpectedly humorous, and highly singable style.

OperaWire called The
Constitution
 "one
of the most unique and fascinating works in New York" and
included it on the national list of "5 Operas to See." 
Parterre
Box
 praised
VPR's "lively, impassioned performances," and "nuanced,
vibrant interpretation of the composer's score." We're excited
to have the original cast back together for these performances. Join
us for an immersion into the words and meaning of our essential
social contract, through the vehicle of music and glorious singing.

Producer
and co-director Judith Barnes says "Given the disturbing state
of affairs in our country, I've been going over and over in my mind
the importance of performing this piece right now, of engaging
artistically with this crucial document that defines our rights and
freedoms as citizens, aspiring citizens, and residents of this
country. Singing and embodying these carefully crafted legal phrases
at rehearsal has heightened our desire to create a communal listening
experience for our audience, to collectively invite these concepts to
enter us in the way that only music can. Words set to music linger in
the memory-and Ben's music is very catchy. People might walk away
from this performance humming an amendment or two! Besides being
enjoyable, I hope the experience will spark our resolve to uphold the
constitutional ideals of justice, freedom, human dignity, and
participation in government, ideals which are in constant need of our
awareness and protection."

 

CREATIVE
TEAM:
Peter Szep, conductor
Judith Barnes, producer and
co-director
James Rutherford, co-director
Matthew Lobaugh,
piano
Karni Dorell, scenic design
Sarah Krauss, assistant
director
Christopher Denver, stage manager
Lydia Barnes, scenic
artist
Steve Witting, director of productions

 

FEATURED
SOLOISTS:
Liz Lang, soprano
Michelle Trovato, soprano
Linda
Collazo, mezzo soprano
Andrew Egbuchiem, countertenor
Anthony
P. McGlaun, tenor
Byron Singleton, tenor
Blake Burroughs,
bass-baritone
Roland Burks, bass-baritone

 

THE
VPR CHORUS:
Sarah Arena, Frances Burgos-Linares, Sarah Downs,
JoAnne Hoffman, Jeanne Marie Holcomb, Aley Kent, Laura Kolb-Araujo,
Susan Kommel, Robert Lewis, James Maduakor, Isaac Mann, Richard Mann,
Chitra Raghavan, Ittai Ratzersdorfer, Gordon Reynolds, Lena Wu

 

About
Vertical Player Repertory

A
pioneer of the alternative opera movement in New York City, Vertical
Player Repertory (VPR) creates ensemble-driven opera theatre in
extraordinary venues. Founded by Judith Barnes in 1998 in a Brooklyn
storefront, VPR's unconventional spirit has informed an eclectic mix
of repertoire from the 17th to the 21st centuries, including
Puccini's Il Tabarro on an oil tanker in the last
active shipping port in Brooklyn, Cavalli's La Calistoin
a factory courtyard on the Gowanus Canal, and Yoav Gal's comic
opera The Dwarf in a maze-like raw space in midtown
Manhattan. The ongoing performance series miniatures behind
the door
 offers vocal recitals, instrumental concerts and
theater in VPR's storefront, Behind the Door, described by The New
York Times as "one of the most intimate spaces for opera in all
New York." Vertical Player Repertory's work has been called
"exhilarating" (Opera News), "intense"
(The New York Times), "thrilling theater" (Opera
Today
), "wonderfully smart and simple" (Seen and
Heard International
), and "consistently innovative"
(TimeOut NY). Vertical Player Repertory is a founding member
of the New York Opera Alliance.

 

"miniatures
Behind the Door 2019 series" is sponsored, in part, by the
Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by the Brooklyn Arts
Council (BAC), and with generous support from the Tiger Baron
Foundation and the Masterworks Foundation.

 

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