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On Site Opera & Harlem Opera Theater present
George Gershwin's Blue Monday
Tuesday, June 18; Wednesday, June 19; AND Thursday, June 20, 2013
7pm: Cocktails & Dancing | 8pm: Blue Monday
The Cotton Club | 656 W 125th St | New York, NY
Tickets: $20 (cocktails not included)
for more information: www.osopera.org
Conducted by Gregory Hopkins
Directed by Eric Einhorn
Choreographed by George Faison
Costume Design by Candida K. Nichols
Featuring Alyson Cambridge, Chase Taylor, Lawrence Craig, Clayton Mathews and Alvin Crawford with the Harlem Chamber Players and the Cotton Club All Stars
Thirteen years before George Gershwin wrote his landmark opera Porgy and Bess, he wrote a one-act opera that fused Italian opera with a truly American style. The result was Blue Monday. This 30-minute jazz opera gem is set in a 1920s Harlem jazz club where a lover’s spat turns murderous to the music of Gershwin that audiences adore.
With Blue Monday at the Cotton Club, On Site Opera continues its mission of presenting site-specific opera outside the walls of a traditional opera house. When audiences step into The Cotton Club, they will be transported back in time to the musical height of the Harlem Renaissance. The Cotton Club All Stars (lead by Alvin Pazant) will play popular jazz and swing standards to celebrate Harlem’s heyday. String players from The Harlem Chamber Players will then join the band to perform Gershwin’s lush score.
On Site Opera
In their inaugural season last year, On Site Opera (the brainchild of celebrated director Eric Einhorn,) presented Shostakovich’s The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse amongst the animals of the Bronx Zoo, and received rave reviews from the New York Times, who exclaimed, “Now and then you witness a debut so happy and so rich with potential that you can’t wait to share the news.” On Site Opera is a new opera company built around the idea that exciting performances can happen outside the walls of a traditional theater. Through immersive, site-specific productions, performers and audiences will experience great music and drama as never before in some of New York’s most exciting spaces.
In addition to site-specific productions, On Site Opera's mission is to forge community partnerships in order to bring opera to new and under-served audiences, as well as to foster the development of emerging talent through performance and production opportunities.