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…
Pitchu Li (Psalm 118)—PREMIERE
HaZamir: The International Jewish Teen Choir
New York, NY, United States
David Geffen Hall 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
HaZamir, the International Jewish Teen Choir, will perform the premiere of "Pitchu Li", commissioned by HaZamir, at their annual gala concert at Lincoln Center, Sunday, March 31, 2019. The HaZamir alumni choir will also perform my setting of Psalm 23 "Adonai Ro'i Lo Echsar" at this concert.
Voyagers (Cassatt Quartet/Vasko Dukovski)
Shaarei Tikvah Congregation
Scarsdale, NY, United States
Shaarei Tikvah Congregation 46 Fox Meadow Rd
Scarsdale, NY 10583
The Cassatt Quartet and clarinetist Vasko Dukovski will perform my piece "Voyagers", a tribute to the Voyager spacecraft on the 40th anniversary of their launch. The concert will also feature bassist Pablo Aslan, and include compositions of Astor Piazzola, Ljova, and others.
"I felt my legs were praying"—World Premiere
Louisville, KY, United States
Louisville Marriott Downtown 280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
As part of the 2019 Cantors Assembly Convention, Voces Novae chorus of Louisville, Frank Heller, conductor, will present the premiere of "I felt my legs were praying," a new choral work by Gerald Cohen based on a text by Abraham Joshua Heschel, commissioned for the convention by the John Leopold and Martha Dellheim Endowment Fund.