Steal A Pencil For Me: Meet Maestro Ari Pelto Opera Colorado Music Director Ari Pelto. Photo: Kelly Maxwell/Opera Colorado By Kelly Maxwell The world premiere of Steal a Pencil for Me opens this Thursday evening—and few people know better than Opera Colorado Music Director Ari Pelto the long and exciting process of getting this new opera ready […]

Link to Article Holocaust love story told in world premiere opera Opera Colorado selected to stage ‘Steal a Pencil for Me’ in Denver The real life story for a new opera was right under composer Gerald Cohen’s nose. As cantor of the Shaarei Tikvah synagogue in Scarsdale, New York, Cohen had known Holocaust survivors Ina […]

LINK TO REVIEW World Premiere of Voyagers, for String Quartet and Clarinet at Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History, November 28, 2017 “One of the most important tasks for the current classical music world is bringing the wonderful range of today’s classical compositions and the spectacular talents of its performers to contemporary audiences in […]

These photos (by Arthur Glauberman) are from a Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) ceremony in Scarsdale, NY, Sunday April 7, 2013. Ilana Davidson, playing the role of Ina, and Robert Balonek, as Jaap, performed two excerpts from Gerald Cohen and Deborah Brevoort’s opera Steal a Pencil for Me. And for the first time, the real-life […]