Dear All, I will be in Boston this week to rehearse with the Firebird
Ensemble and perform Jon Deak's Passion of Scrooge. Yesterday we had
our first performance at East Boston in a middle school with about 300
school children. This Friday we will perform in Providence RI, at
Community Music Works. After the performance at Emmanuel church on
Saturday we will record the piece over two days at Merrimack College.
I hope you can join us at Saturday's performance.
EMMANUEL MUSIC and FIREBIRD ENSEMBLE present
THE PASSION OF SCROOGE by Jon Deak
Saturday December 16, 2007 at 3pm
Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116
This vibrant musical work is a suspenseful, dramatic and sometimes
amusing journey from past to future, during which the ten instrumentalists
of the Firebird ensemble are actors as well as musicians. Soloist, Aaron
Engebreth, acclaimed for his "beauty of voice and eloquence" (The Boston
Globe), brings his exquisite vocal and acting abilities to multiple roles
as he depicts Dickens' characters. The composer, Jon Deak with his
exhilarating and animated compositional style, captures the spirit of
the season and brilliantly executes the essence of this wonderful literary
tale. In addition to The Passion of Scrooge by Jon Deak, the program
also includes the hilarious A Not So Traditional Christmas Medley for
string quintet by Cameron Wilson, and a selection of Christmas Carols
for the audience to participate in, accompanied by the Firebird Ensemble.
In 2005, for the second year running, former Globe critic Richard Dyer
named Firebird Ensemble's performance of The Passion of Scrooge a Critic's
Pick for the holiday season, and for good reason! "Scrooge" is an
exciting, vibrant musical setting of Charles Dicken's A Christmas Carol,
which is suitable for all ages and dramatically presented by the Firebird
Ensemble and baritone, Aaron Engebreth.
The Boston based Firebird Ensemble has been described as "ambitious and
eclectic (New York Times) and "flat out terrific" (New Music Connoisseur).
For tix and concert information call: 617-480-5112 or email:
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"In the free-spirited Firebird Ensemble, Boston has its equivalent to
such prominent, genre busting new-music ensembles as Eighth Blackbird
or Alarm Will Sound."-Boston Globe, December 19th, 2005.
Chris Younghoon Kim
Director of Orchestras at Cornell University