Companion Star, a living laboratory for the creative process, presents 3 performances February 10, 11 and 12, 2017 as the Winter Festival at the Gateway Playhouse.
February 10, 2017 @7:30 PM. a performance of The Raven a new music theatre composition by Percussionist/Composer Donald Knaack Donald Knaack The piece uses the poem The Raven by Edgar Alan Poe. The work will feature Bass/Narrator Michael Douglas Jones with Knaack performing percussion and accompanied by an electronic track. Also on the program is a literary presentation by Author/Poe Expert Amy Patricia Meade The evening closes with a Junkjam™ where audience members choose a provided stick and re-used material and everyone jams-out. Truly a one of a kind event.
Knaack is a classically trained percussionist and composer, who, some 25 years ago left his classical world to write and perform on re-used materials. His music is called Junk Music™ and he is known as The Junkman™. Knaack will perform several of his solo compositions on his large “drum set” with over 70 re-used materials made from wood, plastic, glass and metal.
Saturday, February 11 @ 7:30 PM we present, Pages from the Diary of an Ex-slave, written and performed by Long Island artist Jo-Ann Wilson
Pages is a triumph of story-telling fueled throughout by traditional Spirituals as well as original music written by Jo-Ann. She is supported by a cast of amazingly talented local artists.
Sunday, February 12 @ 4:00 PM we present A Winter Afternoon Concert featuring local artists who are students in the education program. An afternoon concert of music that spans slections old and new of Country to Classical gems.
Companion Star works cross-culturally, using artistic practice to bridge ethnicities, races, age and class groups, and arts disciplines. We create works of opera, music and theater to reflect the diversity of our community and our world and we strive to inspire artists of all ages to develop their unique voice and to express it.