The Genesee Center for the Arts at Genesee Community College will host a Meet the Performers and Composer luncheon with the cast and crew of AElinor, the Oratorio, a concert performed by the Genesee Chorale and Chorale Orchestra. On Saturday, March 5 from 12:00pm- 1:00pm, a light luncheon will be served in the Music Lab, room E215. This event is free and open to the public. (Advance reservations for the luncheon are appreciated by emailing AReid@genesee.edu.)
Performers, Gino Gaudio, (Nur-ed-din), and Roberto Bonanni, (Pope Eugenius III), will be in attendance from Los Angeles for the luncheon and performance. Both collaborated on the original workshop production. Rob Strauss, (Louis VII) noted tenor, and Maureen Edwards, (AElinor) will be available for conversations on music preparation and Genesee Community College alumna Martine Fleurisma, (Sybille, Countess of Flanders) will also be in attendance.
Current GCC students, Cal Young (Henry Plantagenet), and Kiley Conklin, (Faydide of Toulouse) will provide details about their participation in the event, and Pam Swarts, (Torqueri of Bouillon), director of Genesee’s Digital Arts program, and very active in the Buffalo arts scene, will be available for questions about work on the AElinor production.
Composer, Ann Reid will answer questions about the process and development of a big music project involving orchestra, chorus and soloists, and director Lynda Hodgins will also be available.
“AElinor started out as a musical but it got bigger and bigger and totally out of control,” composer Ann Reid noted. “I talked to an ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) publisher, desperately asking for ideas. It was he who told me outright that it was really an Oratorio. I quickly set about creating the orchestrations and writing out all the music for everyone. Now, it truly seems like the best venue for this story.”
AElinor, the Oratorio is scheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. in the Stuart Steiner Theatre. Words and music composed by Ann Reid, and conducted by Ric Jones with the Genesee Chorale and the Chorale Orchestra. The concert takes place in the year 1147, and AElinor, Countess of Poitou, Duchess of Aquitaine, and Queen of the Franks leads a band of women on the Second Crusade. There she learns about earthly love and her marriage to Louis VII, King of the Franks, is annulled. She runs off with Henry Plantagenet, a penniless lord. Six months later, the penniless lord becomes Henry II, King of England.
Developed in the Lehman Engel Workshop, Los Angeles, this project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council; Meet the Composers MetLifeCreative Connections program; and GEA Professional Development funding.
Ticket prices are: $10 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $8 students (18-), $5 GCC student with GCC ID, and $18 family (parent plus children under 17). Tickets are available at the Box Office at Genesee Community College on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week, and also at GO ART! in Batavia, and from all Genesee Chorale members.
For more ticket information or reservations, contact the Genesee Center for the Arts Box Office at 585/343-6814 or by email at email@example.com. All seating is general admission. For door-to-door directions, sent via email, visit http://www.genesee.edu/.
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