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From the NY Times Review of the concert : "The first was an evening of contemporary chamber music and opera extracts at Roulette in Downtown Brooklyn that was dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. The concert was presented by Ensemble Pi, a mixed chamber group that, in its marketing materials, defines itself as “socially conscious.”
Concert Reading: The Trials of Patricia Isasa – An Opera in Two Acts by Kristin Norderval and Naomi Wallace
The Trials of Patricia Isasa is a new opera in two acts composed by Kristin Norderval with libretto by the Obie Award winning playwright Naomi Wallace. The premiere will be directed by Pauline Vaillancourt, the founder of the Montreal based opera company Chants Libres, compagnie lyrique de création.
7:30pm (doors open at 7:00)
Sheen Center for Thought & Culture in New York City.
The program will feature compositions written about or to oppose captivity. We have a special commission by Eleanor Cory, inspired by poems written by women inmates at Rikers Island, along with Frederic Rzewski's Attica (1972) for narrator and chamber group, based on a letter by one of the leaders of the Attica’s riots, and the sublime Quartet for the End of Time (1941) by Olivier Messiaen. Our special guest Joseph Assadourian will be the narrator of the evening, and also presents excerpts from his tragicomic theatrical piece, The Bullpen.
Ensemble Pi explores the relationship of language, truth and politics with a concert featuring two premieres by Susan Botti and Laura Kaminsky, in addition to music by Jason Eckardt, Bryant Kong, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Dmitri Shostakovich.