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…
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.
Concert of music of Cohen, including premiere
Jewish Theological Seminary
New York, NY, United States
Jewish Theological Seminary of America 3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
Concert of chamber and vocal music of Gerald Cohen, including the world premiere of "Amid the Alien Corn (Ruth and Naomi)"