In honor of its impending grand opening in 2015, The Opera San Antonio hosts an inaugural gala concert on May 23 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, featuring performances from Tobias Picker’s An American Tragedy. Tobias Picker, Artistic Director of The Opera San Antonio, has curated a diverse line-up of opera highlights for the event, with performances by star singers including Patricia Racette, Susannah Biller, Dolora Zajick, Daniela Mack, Jay Hunter Morris, Alek Shrader, Lucas Meachem and Eric Owens. Mixing music “from the time of Handel to the time of Tobias,” according to board chairman Mel Weingart, the program features music from Picker’s An American Tragedy including the aria See the Light performed by Dolora Zajick and the San Antonio Symphony, led by conductor Sebastian Lang-Lessing. With its first season set to open in January of 2015, The Opera San Antonio will make its home at the new Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
On May 7, the Miller Theatre Pop-Up Concerts series celebrates the chamber music of Tobias Picker with a performance by the Tobias Picker Ensemble. The program includes Picker’s Nova quintet and Invisible Lilacsfor violin and piano, both of which will be featured on an upcoming recording of Picker’s chamber music on the Tzadik label. The Miller Theatre program also includes two works for solo piano: When Soft Voices Dieand the third etude from Four Etudes for Ursula, performed by Nathaniel LaNassa.
For more information on Tobias Picker visit www.schott-music.com.
To learn more about The Opera San Antonio visit www.theoperasa.org.
For details on the “Picker Pops Up” concert visit www.millertheatre.com.
An American Tragedy (2005)
opera in two acts
libretto (En) by Gene Scheer
for 2 sopranos, 3 mezzo-sopranos, 2 tenors, 2 baritones, boy soprano, children's voices and SATB chorus
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for piano quintet
Invisible Lilacs (1991)
for violin and piano
When Soft Voices Die (1977)
for solo piano
Four Etudes for Ursula (1996)
for solo piano
On April 19, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s presents the US premiere of Tobias Picker's ballet-suite, Awakenings. Presented by New York Live Arts as part of its annual Live Ideas Festival the performance is the centerpiece of this year’s theme, “The World of Oliver Sacks,” exploring neuro-physical connections as seen through the works of the acclaimed neurologist and author.
Commissioned by the Rambert Dance Company, Picker’s Awakenings is a striking music and dance adaptation of the themes and cases discussed in Dr. Sacks’ novel of the same name.
Picker offers the following introduction:
In composing Awakenings, I was inspired by the exquisite art and stunning imagery of Oliver Sacks' prose, and above all by the lives of the uniquely tragic patients he writes about. His book, Awakenings, written in the form of a series of case studies and footnotes, suggested the musical structure and characteristics of the score. While not specifically programmatic, I hope that the music may express some understanding of the patients as well as the sense of nostalgia, anger and longing they felt for their stolen past.
The Rambert Dance Company premiered Awakenings in 2010 at The Lowry in Salford (UK) with a subsequent tour of over 50 performances throughout the United Kingdom. This month’s performance features new choreography for solo dancer by Aletta Collins with soloist Daniel Hay-Gordon and includes a screening of Re: Awakenings, a film by Bill Morrison based on original footage taken by Sacks. Taking place at the New York Live Arts Theater in Manhattan, the concert concludes with a concert-performance of selected passages from Michael Nyman’s opera, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.
For more information on Tobias Picker, please visit www.schott-music.com
To learn more about the New York Live Arts “Live Ideas” Festival, visit www.newyorklivearts.org
for chamber orchestra
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On March 12, the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Symphony presents Tobias Picker's enchanting work for oboe and orchestra Romances and Interludes. The concert features soloist Stephanie Caulder with David Martynuik conducting. Written in 1989,Romances and Interludes was commissioned by the Houston Symphony and its music director Christoph Eschenbach for principle oboist Robert Atherholt. Eschenbach and Atherholt presented the world premiere in 1990.
Romances and Interludes was inspired by Robert Schumann’s Drei Romanzen for oboe and piano. Composed by Schumann in 1849, Drei Romanzen is the only contribution of an original solo work by a major Romantic composer to the entire 19th-century oboe literature. Picker embedded these pieces in his own composition which flows breathlessly through a succession of romances and interludes introduced by a prelude. In April, Indiana University of Pennsylvania Symphony tours Romances and Interludes to the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts in Bowie, MD.
Precise details on the concert are located at www.iup.edu.
For more information about Tobias Picker visit www.tobiaspicker.com or www.schott-music.com.
Romances and Interludes (1989)
for oboe and orchestra
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