Calling: An Opera of Forgiveness
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an Opera of Forgiveness, recounts the up-close experience of one
downtown Manhattan family on 9/11, and the month immediately following
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Below are photos from the September 2008 feaure on the French TV Network 2:
Below are photos from our September benefit performance and after party:
Click HERE for more photos of our 11th of September benefit and after party.
Rehearsal at Great Jones:
Photos below are publicity shots of Calling stars Nicole Tori and Roland Burks, taken by Azikiwe Mohammed, August 2008.
On the evening of Thursday, June 26, wonderful friends of Calling held a benefit on behalf of the opera.
Video of the April 8 premiere of "Sweep", the concert version of Calling's scene "Empty Socket" is posted on the website of the Princeton University Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk):
Click HERE to view that page.
Photos below were taken at the February 27 2008 performance of excerpts of Calling at the Ted Mann Concert Hall in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This performance was directed by Professor David Walsh of U. Minnesota and was conducted by James Patrick Miller. Performers were Laura Anderson, Timothy Bruett, voice; Morris Johnson, choreography/dance; Elizabeth Davies, voice; Julie A. Brousseau, voice; Jacqueline Ultan, cello; Patrick O'Keefe, clarinet; Shannon Wettstein, piano; Heather Barringer, percussion; Maja Cerar, violin; and Doug Geers, computer. Sally Messner, chorus master; Children’s chorus: Henry Husbands, Madeline Nicol,Austin Stanley, Jack Verchota, and Maggie West.
March and April 2008:
On March 10, 2008, the "Clean Up" section of Calling was premiered at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. This section of Calling features instrumental performance with spoken text. On April 5, a new work based on this piece was premiered by the Princeton University Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) at the Sonic Divergence festival in Northwestern University's Pick-Staiger concert hall. Sweep was performed a second time on May 17 by Plork at Princeton University's Taplin Auditorium.
In addition to a prominent violin solo part and percussion, this music includes performance of computer music in which musicians wave Nintendo Wii remotes (aka "wiimotes") to create sound. Maja Cerar, violin soloist.
Photos below were taken at the November 12, 2007 concert performance of excerpts of Calling at the Cornelia St. Cafe, New York City. Performers were Kamala Sankaram, voice; Troy Valjean Rucker, voice; Mairi Dorman, cello; Thomas Piercy, clarinet; Mike McCurdy, percussion; Maja Cerar, violin; Doug Geers, computer; and Jed Distler, conductor.
To see video highlights of Feb. 2008 Minneapolis workshop performance:
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Click HERE (lower res)
Below are short excerpts from the February 27 2008 performance of Calling excerpts at the Spark Festival in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
1. Calling 2-27-2008 Clip #1.
2. Calling 2-27-2008 Clip #2.
3. Calling 2-27-2008 Clip #3.
4. Calling 2-27-2008 Clip #4.
5. Calling 2-27-2008 Clip #5.
This clip is from the June 26, 2008 benefit for Calling:
6. Calling 6-26-2008 Clip #6.
Video clips of the March 10 2008, June 11 2007, and November 12, 2007 performances are available upon request.
Click HERE for information about Wickham Boyle's book on which the opera is based, A Mother's Essays from Ground Zero.