NEW RECORDINGS & CDs
Erhu Concerto no. 2
soloist: Lan Tung
Ondes Martenot Concerto
soloist: Thomas Bloch
American Film Suite
includes tracks from:
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The operettas are modern stage shows for opera singers with string quintet. Made to be presented in small spaces, under 400 seats.
A new form of live theater composed for people under forty, but fun and laughable for audiences of all ages. We hear arias, duos, trios and vocal quartets, as in standard opera repertoire.
The operettas prove high quality musical entertainment is possible in small settings, with romantic comedy, with stories made for our place and time. Much of what is offered on Broadway and the West End are stories from long ago, or complete fantasy.
Also, the larger productions are created as big, loud spectacle entertainment, like football or soccer, not the best settings for nuances of language and music. In other words, the operettas provide new material for operatic voices in English, with humor most 21st Century audiences will understand. Songs titles include:
"Nothing Says I Love You...Like A Stack of $100 Bills", "Pretty, Worthless Loser Moron Boyfriends", "I Love Older Women", "Sunday Is For God and Hockey", and "Punch Drunk On Love."
Charles Roland Berry says exactly what he thinks about 21st Century classical music, and the music business. We read details about his study with Paul Creston and Peter Racine Fricker. And, Mr. Berry holds nothing back in his criticism of the narrow aesthetic views of 20th Century composers and music critics. Frankly, my dear, young audiences in the 21st Century have no interest in the incoherent squabbling of 20th Century egos.