Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: August 12-13 & 26-27, 2016

 

Goat Hall Productions Presents Two New Chamber Operas, Walnut Creek, CA

 

A Double-Bill World Premiere of Two Outrageous Operas. Mark Alburger: "Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel" and John G. Bilotta & Jostein Stalheim - "Rosetta’s Stone."

 

Alma Mahler

 

Walnut Creek, California, July 25, 2016 - Hearts and minds cannot be trusted.  Madness seems to be the method in Mark Alburger's "Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel" and the John G..Bilotta/Jostein Stalheim "Rosetta's Stone" -- both new-music dramas receiving their world premieres (8:15pm, Fridays-Saturdays, August 12-13 and 26-27) at Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA) -- presented by Goat Hall Productions/San Francisco Cabaret Opera, as "Fresh Voices XVI Festival of New Works: Memories & Desires."


"Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel," Op 232 (2014) is an adultery of post-modern music, inspired by the beautiful Austro-American composer-socialite, her three husbands (composer-conductor Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, writer Franz Werfel), nine lovers (theatre director Max Burckhard; artists Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka; composers Alexander von Zemlinsky, Hans Pfitzner, and Gustave Charpentier; biologist Paul Kammerer; pianist Ossip Gabrilowitsch; and cleric Johannes Hollnsteiner), and numerous associates (Claude Debussy, Jean Sibelius, Arnold Schoenberg, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, Anton Webern, Alban Berg, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Ernst Krenek, and Dmitri Shostakovich).  She becomes a literal doll (in Kokoschka's kinky design) who denigrates ("When someone is down, give them a push"), inspires ("All that I love is a man's achievement"), and lies (physically and verbally) her way to the top, in the increasingly anti-Semitic and Nazi-sympathetic interbellum Vienna.


"Rosetta’s Stone" (2015) is a collaborative work about a professor’s descent into Alzheimer's and its effect on his student -- a neuroscience opera created by a team of artists in the United States and Norway. The professor’s mind is deconstructed into a cerebral café of brainy baristas: Amygdala, Brain Stem, Cerebellum, Cortex, Hippocampus, and Thalamus -- in scenes alternating with his titular pupil's poignant musical responses: every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyphic which he must act as life before he can apprehend it as truth. The work was written by composers John G. Bilotta and Jostein Stalheim, and librettists John F. McGrew and Oded Ben-Horin.
 
TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets are $35 - general, $25 - students and seniors.  Tickets are available from Lesher Center for the Arts -- (925) 943-7469, https:\\lesherartscenter.showare.com, at the door -- 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA.  For more information, please call Goat Hall Productions / San Francisco Cabaret Opera (707) 451-8396, or visit
www.goat-hall.org.

 

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Rosetta's Stone 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Harriet March Page

Email: goathallproductions@gmail.com

Phone: (707) 301-1738

 

Goat Hall Productions

Web: www.goat-hall.org

 

 Calendar Listing

 

CALENDAR LISTING:

Event Name: Fresh Voices XVI Festival of New Works: "Memories & Desires"

Event Date: August 12-13, 26-27, 2016

Event Time: 8:15PM, Fridays-Saturdays, August 12-13, 26-27, 2016

Event Location: Lesher Center For The Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Admission: Tickets are $35 - general, $25 - students and seniors.  Tickets are available from Lesher Center for the Arts -- (925) 943-7469, https:\\lesherartscenter.showare.com, at the door -- 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA.

Web: www.goat-hall.org

Contact: Harriet March Page, goathallproductions@gmail.com, (707) 301-1738

Description: Hearts and minds cannot be trusted.  Madness seems to be the method in Mark Alburger's "Alma Maria Schindler Mahler Gropius Werfel" and the John G..Bilotta/Jostein Stalheim "Rosetta's Stone" -- both new-music dramas receiving their world premieres (8:15pm, Fridays-Saturdays, August 12-13 and 26-27) at Lesher Center for the Arts (1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek, CA) -- presented by Goat Hall Productions/San Francisco Cabaret Opera, as "Fresh Voices XVI Festival of New Works: Memories & Desires."

 


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