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"Offbeat operas" by Frank Brickle/Ezra Pound, William Anderson/Djuna Barnes and Victoria Bond/James Joyce at Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival 2017, Symphony Space

The final concert of the 2017 Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival features the Cygnus Ensemble in a program of "Offbeat Operas" by composers William Anderson, Frank Brickle, and the world premiere of Victoria Bond's Sirens.

William Anderson's Eight Rhythms, Settings is based on a set of poems by Djuna Barnes from 1915. Anderson's utilizes many kinds of contemporary idioms-- indie rock, Simon & Garfunkel, and a bit of minimalism as well.

Le Testament de Villon by Frank Brickle begins with the opera by George Antheil and Ezra Pound and condenses it to an essential version dramatically and musically. This is the New York City premiere of Brickle's opera.

Victoria Bond's Sirens draws upon Episode 11 of James Joyce's Ulysses as inspiration. This episode, along with the overall theme of Joyce's Ulysses, is about being an outsider who is scorned and reviled. He is also everyman or everywoman who feels apart and alone in the midst of a world that has no use for him or her.

Program:

William Anderson/Djuna Barnes Eight Rhythms, Settings

Frank Brickle/Ezra Pound Le Testamente de Villon

Victoria Bond/James Joyce Sirens

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