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 for the stage. Over the past five years, he’s spent countless hours working through the piece with composer Gerald Cohen and librettist Deborah Brevoort, then working with stage director Omer Ben Seadia and her creative team as they got the production ready. And now, after a breakneck rehearsal schedule over the past month, Pelto is thrilled for Opera Colorado audiences who are just days away from experiencing the beautiful music and powerful message of Steal a Pencil for Me. Today we check in with Pelto about his experiences with this opera…
I felt my legs were praying
Temple Emanu-El, Providence, RI
Providence, RI, United States
Temple Emanu-El 99 Taft Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
"I felt my legs were praying," set to the words of Abraham Joshua Heschel and Psalm 35, will be performed as part of Temple Emanu-El's concert "Singing the Dream," a concert celebrating diversity, human connection, and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Miryam Han'via (World premiere)—HaZamir
Zamir Choral Foundation
New York, NY, United States
David Geffen Hall 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
HaZamir, the International Jewish Teen Choir, will perform "Miryam Han'via" (Premiere) and "L'dor Vador" at their annual gala concert at Lincoln Center.
L'cha Dodi (World premiere)
KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation
Chicago, IL, United States
KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation 1100 East Hyde Park Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60615
Premiere of a new setting of "L'cha Dodi" commissioned by Cantor David Berger and KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation.