World Premiere of Complete Money, A Chamber Theater/Opera Work by Gene
Pritsker on May 29 at The Players Theatre in Greenwich Village
The World Premiere of New York composer Gene Pritsker's Money -Part II,
a Chamber Theater/Opera Work, will be presented along with Money - Part
I on Tuesday, May 29 - 8 PM at The Players Loft of The Players Theatre,
115 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village.
Performers will be soprano Melanie Mitrano, baritone Charles Coleman,
conductor Dan Barrett, vocalist Chanda Rule, actress Anya Migdal,
guitarist/rapper Gene Pritsker, cellist and rapper Dave Gotay, guitarist
Greg Baker, bassist Mat Fieldes, drummer David Rozenblatt and the B3+
brass trio: Franz Hackl, trumpet, John Clark, French horn and Dave Taylor,
bass trombone. Live video will be provided by Astrid Steiner.
The composer has written this about the work, 'In 'Money' I take
a diverse array of poetry, raps, speeches, essays and quotes about
money and set them to an eclectic musical context. The first part is a
half-hour piece for 2 singers, 2 rappers, a mixed chamber quintet and
Samplestra (pre-recorded electronics). The Samplestra contains a wide
spectrum of sounds, from a male Turkish vocal to an orchestral excerpt
by Rimsky-Korsakov, from a Chinese opera voice to a baritone line from
Verdi's Falstaff, from a tabla drum to a symphony by Shostakovich, etc.
The second part is a 45 minute composition for baritone, female rock
voice, 2 rappers, male actor, female actor, trumpet, French horn, bass
trombone, 2 electric guitars, cello, contra bass & drum set. I continue
where Money I left off and look at money as it applies to gambling,
politics, and love.'
Text for this chamber theatre/opera work is taken from an incredibly
diverse set of sources, including The Encyclopedia Britannica, 'Shi King'
('Book of Odes'), Confucius, Quintus Horatius Flaccus (Horace), Arthur
Schopenhauer, Charles Dickens, Samuel Butler, Francis Bacon, Jonathan
Swift, George Bernard Shaw, Anton Chekhov, Cree Indian Prophecy, Amy
Goodman, P.J. O'Rourke, Robert Byrd, Imran Khan, Dwight D. Eisenhower
Tickets for the May 29 performance are $15 general admission and are
available online at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/6819. For more
information, contact The Players Theatre at 212-475-1449 or visit them
online at http://www.theplayerstheatre.com/.
Composer/guitarist/rapper Gene Pritsker has written over three hundred
compositions, including chamber operas, orchestral and chamber works,
electro-acoustic music, songs for hip-hop and rock ensembles, etc. All
his compositions employ an eclectic spectrum of styles and are influenced
by his studies of various musical cultures. He is the founder and leader
of Sound Liberation; an eclectic band playing the New York club circuit,
they are also currently recording a new CD to be released on Col Legno
records and are playing the Outreach Festival in Schwaz, Austria in
August 2007. Other organizations he is associated with include: Composers'
Concordance (advisory board since '96, Associate Director since '04),
Absolute Ensemble (co-founder/composer -in -residence '93-'96), The
American Composers Forum (member NY chapter since '96), The International
Street Cannibals (co director since '05) and The New Music Connoisseur
magazine (critic since '97). Some of Gene Pritsker's music is published
by: Falls House Press, Gold Branch Music & Calabrese Brothers Music.
Visit him at http://www.genepritsker.com/.
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516-586-3433 or [log in to unmask]
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