Doug Fitch's Art Gallery Variety Show
Mar
3
10:00 pm22:00

Doug Fitch's Art Gallery Variety Show

  • National Sawdust

Tickets HERE!

About the Show

National Sawdust becomes a gallery of living art. Sculptures, installations and paintings break from their conventional roles as decorative objects to sing and dance us into a cabaret atmosphere. Images of food hang on the walls – wait…no, it’s real food – stuck to the walls with bamboo skewers! Wine and water – in appropriate vessels – are dispersed throughout as well (not just as still-lifes) accompanied by little collection baskets (to inveigle beneficence), as some of the city’s most talented performers inhabit and animate the little worlds we make when we make art.

About the Artist

Visual artist, designer, and director Doug Fitch was last seen at National Sawdust as director/designer of Orphic Moments, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo in the Gluck opera bookended by music by Matthew Aucoin, in a production that went to the Salzburg Landestheater in January.  As co-founder of the production company Giants Are Small, he directed several projects conducted by Alan Gilbert for the New York Philharmonic, including Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre (cited as the top opera of 2010 by The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Time Out New York), Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen (2011, New York Magazine’s “Best Classical Event of the Year”), A Dancer’s Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky (2013, later screened in movie theaters worldwide); and HK Gruber’s Gloria – A Pig Tale (2014, with forces from The Juilliard School as part of the NY PHIL BIENNAL).  Mr. Fitch was the inaugural WBFO visiting artist at SUNY, where he created an opera of images, How Did We…? In 2013 he directed and performed in the premiere of Matthew Suttor’s musical setting of Blaise Cendrar’s poem La Prose du Transsibérien et de la Petite Jehanne de France with the Taos Chamber Music Group. He has created productions for Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Santa Fe Opera, and directed projects for Canada’s National Arts Centre, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, and Tanglewood (Elliot Carter’s What Next?,screened at The Museum of Modern Art). 

Doug Fitch’s creative life began with his family’s touring puppet theater. While studying visual arts at Harvard University, he collaborated with director Peter Sellars on Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen, among other projects. He also studied cooking at Paris’s famed La Varenne school and design at the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France. He emerged as an architectural designer in the 1980s, then collaborated with Mimi Oka on edible art installations called Orphic Feasts, leading to their book, Orphic Fodder. In co-production with Universal Music and Deutsche Grammophon, Giants Are Small developed Peter+Wolf in Hollywood – an iPad app, CD, digital album, and live show that will appear with the National Symphony Orchestra this May.

www.douglasfitch.com

Vox Lumina: An immersive vocal salon
Mar
4
7:00 pm19:00

Vox Lumina: An immersive vocal salon

  • Irish American Historical Society

Tickets and more information HERE.

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7pm, an intimate number of guests are invited to the American Irish Historical Society to experience VOXLUMINAan immersive vocal salon concert inside a five-story Beaux Arts limestone mansion at 991 Fifth Avenue, New York. Featuring electro-acoustic musical works by Ricardo Romaneiro with poetry by Christopher Cahill live visual accompaniment by Christian Hannon and satellite food pairings by Jonah Reider. 
 
Featuring soloists sopranos Ariadne GreifDaisy Press, and Hannah SumnerPerformed by a select group of musicians including: Catherine Gregory, flute; Vasko Dukovski, clarinet; Melanie Genin, harp; Victor Caccese, percussion; Pauline Kim Harris, violin/viola; Conrad Harris, violin; Justin Abrams, cello; Kristine Kruta, cello; Ramin Abrams, bass and Tom Schubert, narrator.  Lighting design by John Houle  andaudioenigneering by Leo Leite

A roving after-party with live electronic improvisation set by electronic artist NoisioNLeo Leite,  David Zisa,  Max Alper and Greg Gelfan will follow, paired with organic cocktails and wine.

Casey Keenan | The Duplex
Mar
26
6:30 pm18:30

Casey Keenan | The Duplex

The Sexless Librarian: Secrets of the Working Class - Casey Keenan

Do you feel undervalued at work? Is your boss reaping the benefits of your tireless efforts? Are you starting to think that your mother was right about marrying rich? You’re not alone. Join us for an evening of original music as working class New Yorkers bitch, moan, and belt their way to emotional nirvana to the tunes of NYC composer Casey Keenan. Casey’s work has been showcased at Feinstein’s 54 Below, the Daryl Roth D-Lounge, and Lincoln Center. She is a current second-year participant in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. 

 

$10 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

$15 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*


*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

Lukas Ligeti | UC Irvine, CA
May
19
7:00 pm19:00

Lukas Ligeti | UC Irvine, CA

Lukas Ligeti’s Notebook + Ji Hye Jung performs LL’s “Thinking Songs” + Ariadne Greif and others perform LL’s “language:PROUN:music” @ Faculty Concert Series, Winifred Smith Hall, University of California, Irvine, CA

Lukas Ligeti | LACMA, CA
May
20
5:00 pm17:00

Lukas Ligeti | LACMA, CA

 Lukas Ligeti’s Notebook + Ji Hye Jung performs LL’s “Thinking Songs” + Ariadne Greif and others perform LL’s “language:PROUN:music” @ LA County Museum, Los Angeles, CA


Orlando Philharmonic presents Ariadne Greif in their Women in Song series
Nov
29
8:00 pm20:00

Orlando Philharmonic presents Ariadne Greif in their Women in Song series

  • The Plaza Live

NEW SERIES: Women In Song at The Plaza Live, a new series from the Orlando Philharmonic, will feature Indie Rock, Indie Folk, Blue Grass, Country and Classical music from Ariadne Greif, Sara Watkins and Aoife O'Donovan in a way you have never experienced music and the arts. The first concert will be in an intimate setting at The Plaza Live, with musicians from the Orlando Philharmonic, these women will take you on an artistic journey with music and poetry. Tickets are on sale now for $22 in advance and $27 at the door.

The first concert in the Orlando Philharmonic’s new series Women in Song features Ariadne Greif, a young soprano praised for her “luminous, expressive voice” (NYTimes), her “elastic and round high notes” (classiqueinfo), and her “mesmerizing stage presence” (East Anglian Daily Times). She will star as Adina in the Orlando Philharmonic’s February 2017 production of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love.

This concert will take place in the intimate setting of The Plaza Live’s Rehearsal Hall. All seating is general admission.

Click to purchase a subscription to all three concerts in the series and save!

Click here to purchase tickets to the Feb 1 concert with Sara Watkins.

Click here to purchase tickets to the March 1 concert with Aoife O’Donovan.

Click to read Ms. Greif’s complete bio

The Drumf & The Rhinegold
Nov
6
Nov 7

The Drumf & The Rhinegold

  • Pioneer Works

Ariadne stars Melania Trump in a 15 minute operatic parody of Wagner's Rheingold interwoven with the current election. Composer Matti Kovler, Director Doug Fitch.

7PM

Pioneer Works

Brooklyn, NY

Boston New Music Festival
Nov
2
7:30 pm19:30

Boston New Music Festival

  • Club Oberon

Ariadne is Melania Trump in Matti Kovler's The Drumf and the Rhinegold with Lidiya Yankovskaya and the Juventas New Music Ensemble at The Oberon in Boston.

On Wednesday, November 2, Juventas New Music Ensemble will present the Boston New Music Festival Kickoff Concert at the Oberon in Cambridge. This performance is an opportunity to hear a sampling of the 30+ Boston-based organizations whose mission is specific to presenting contemporary repertoire, and will feature circus arts, indie opera, the latest in contemporary instrumental performance, and (just in time for the election), a new work starring Donald Trump's hair. It is time that Boston's new music organizations join forces, share resources, and proclaim our significance in shaping the future of music. Join us in celebrating music that will define today and tomorrow! 

Tickets for this performance are $10 to $15, and can be purchased here

In addition to what are guaranteed to be fantastic performances by ten different ensembles, we will host a Launchpad event at the very nearby Grafton St. Pub at 6:00pm. This event offers food, drinks, prizes, and an opportunity to mingle with members of our community. Cost of admission is $30, with all proceeds supporting the full-scale Boston New Music Festival we plan to present in the fall of 2017. 

Lastly, we invite everyone to stick around after the performance for a talkback with composers, musicians, and administrative staff. This is bound to be a truly enjoyable evening, and I would love to see you there! 

The Drumf and The Rhinegold
Oct
31
5:30 pm17:30

The Drumf and The Rhinegold

  • The Blue Building

Ariadne is Melania Trump in this delightful 15-minute opera parody. A fabulous pre-halloween-party diversion! Proceeds go to MoveOn.org.


Tickets: $15 (a dollar a minute!)


Oct 30th (6:00PM, 6:45PM, 7:30PM, 8:15PM)
Oct 31st (5:30PM, 6:15PM, 7:00PM, 7:45PM, 8:30PM)

Having stolen the magical Rhinegold, which grants world domination to its owner, the sinister Drumf is now poised to become leader of the free world. The gold’s guardians, the beautiful Rhinemaidens Ivana, Marla and Melania, race against time to reclaim their gold from his grubby clutches. After the consecutive failures of Ivana and Marla, can Melania succeed in wresting the gold from Drumf before her time runs out?

 

Russian-Israeli composer Matti Kovler teams up with director Doug Fitch and a ragtag band of top tier NYC musicians (Claire Chase and others) to present a hilarious and biting political satire, just in time for the historic 2016 US Presidential Election. A 15-minute parody of Wagner’s 15-hour Ring Cycle, ‘The Drumf and the Rhinegold’ tells the story of the Rhinemaidens’ return to the human realm for one last fight against an evil overlord.

‘The Drumf and the Rhinegold’ promises to be a New York City Event. The exceedingly short opera is the centerpiece of an immersive installation offering audiences a window into the decadence and absurdity of Trump’s world against the backdrop of a 7,000 sq.ft. condemned space in a Manhattan tower. Told entirely from the perspectives of Ivana, Marla and Melania, the story doesn’t allow Drumf a word in edgewise. Honestly, he doesn’t deserve one. The farce culminates with a not-to-be-missed Drumf take-down in an inflatable pool.

Renowned director and polymath visual artist Doug Fitch known for his staging of ‘Le Grand Macabre’ with the New York Phil, directs the performance along with designer Peter Savieri (The Muppets). ‘Drumf’ originated at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, in collaboration with Tasha Gordon Solmon, and was further developed during a residency at Pioneer Works. 

Music by Matti Kovler

Book by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Matti Kovler & Gil Varod

Lyrics by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Matti Kovler, Gil Varod, Matthew Shifrin, Toby Lightman

 

 

Proceeds from the show will be donated to MoveOn.org, an advocacy group dedicated to defeating Donald J. Trump.

The Drumf and The Rhinegold
Oct
30
6:00 pm18:00

The Drumf and The Rhinegold

  • The Blue Building

Ariadne is Melania Trump in this delightful 15-minute opera parody. A fabulous pre-halloween-party diversion! Proceeds go to MoveOn.org.


Tickets: $15 (a dollar a minute!)


Oct 30th (6:00PM, 6:45PM, 7:30PM, 8:15PM)
Oct 31st (5:30PM, 6:15PM, 7:00PM, 7:45PM, 8:30PM)

Having stolen the magical Rhinegold, which grants world domination to its owner, the sinister Drumf is now poised to become leader of the free world. The gold’s guardians, the beautiful Rhinemaidens Ivana, Marla and Melania, race against time to reclaim their gold from his grubby clutches. After the consecutive failures of Ivana and Marla, can Melania succeed in wresting the gold from Drumf before her time runs out?

 

Russian-Israeli composer Matti Kovler teams up with director Doug Fitch and a ragtag band of top tier NYC musicians (Claire Chase and others) to present a hilarious and biting political satire, just in time for the historic 2016 US Presidential Election. A 15-minute parody of Wagner’s 15-hour Ring Cycle, ‘The Drumf and the Rhinegold’ tells the story of the Rhinemaidens’ return to the human realm for one last fight against an evil overlord.

‘The Drumf and the Rhinegold’ promises to be a New York City Event. The exceedingly short opera is the centerpiece of an immersive installation offering audiences a window into the decadence and absurdity of Trump’s world against the backdrop of a 7,000 sq.ft. condemned space in a Manhattan tower. Told entirely from the perspectives of Ivana, Marla and Melania, the story doesn’t allow Drumf a word in edgewise. Honestly, he doesn’t deserve one. The farce culminates with a not-to-be-missed Drumf take-down in an inflatable pool.

Renowned director and polymath visual artist Doug Fitch known for his staging of ‘Le Grand Macabre’ with the New York Phil, directs the performance along with designer Peter Savieri (The Muppets). ‘Drumf’ originated at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, in collaboration with Tasha Gordon Solmon, and was further developed during a residency at Pioneer Works. 

Music by Matti Kovler

Book by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Matti Kovler & Gil Varod

Lyrics by Tasha Gordon-Solmon, Matti Kovler, Gil Varod, Matthew Shifrin, Toby Lightman

 

 

Proceeds from the show will be donated to MoveOn.org, an advocacy group dedicated to defeating Donald J. Trump.

Carmina Burana
Oct
7
8:00 pm20:00

Carmina Burana

New York Orchestra & Chorus - Benefit for Animal Haven

St. Peter’s Church 619 Lexington Ave. at 54th st.

Post concert wine reception.

Suggested Donation $20

 

Listen Closely: Tales and Fragments
Oct
1
1:30 pm13:30

Listen Closely: Tales and Fragments

Join us on October 1 for a musical adventure in the realm of fairy tales. We will explore both the darkest and the most joyful aspects of the human experience, as revealed by tales of fantasy.

This multicultural program features composers from Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Thailand, and the US, including three young, living composers. We're especially thrilled to be presenting the New York premiere of Prach Boondiskulchok's phenomenal song cycle, Goose Daughter! The text is taken from the work by the same name of Chinese British Poet Sarah Howe. 

 

Ayumi Okada: A White Bud
György Kurtág: Kafka Fragments PART I
Leoš Janáček: Pohádka (A Tale)
Franz Schubert: Der Lindenbaum
Prach Boondiskulchok: Goose Daughter  *New York premiere
Robert Schumann: Märchenbilder (Fairy Tale Pictures)
Will Garrison: Long Hand Luke


Ariadne Greif, soprano
Alex Fortes, violin
Rose Hashimoto, viola
James Waldo, cello
Alyona Aksyonova, piano


Holy Trinity Church, 20 Cumming Street
$15/general; $10/seniors, students, military; free for all kids under 18!

Special Community Concert at the NYPL
Oct
1
11:00 am11:00

Special Community Concert at the NYPL

Listen Closely is a concert series created to make chamber music accessible to Inwood, NY. Every official concert is accompanied by special community pop-ups in unexpected places--this one a super casual, bite-sized concert at the New York Public Library in Inwood! Bring the kids!

Special Community Concert at Dichter Pharmacy
Sep
29
6:00 pm18:00

Special Community Concert at Dichter Pharmacy

Listen Closely is a concert series created to make chamber music accessible to Inwood, NY. Every official concert is accompanied by special community pop-ups in unexpected places--this one is in the wonderful Dichter Pharmacy on Broadway, where you can walk in by accident, enjoy a classic cream soda or ice cream along with your kids, and hear an extremely casual, bite-sized concert.

Metropolis Ensemble 10th Anniversary Music Circus
Sep
27
7:30 pm19:30

Metropolis Ensemble 10th Anniversary Music Circus

Cage works for solo singer in the midst of a Cage-inspired Musical Circus at the Angel Orensanz Center.

Grammy-nominated Metropolis Ensemble celebrates a decade of innovation in music with a roving party inspired by John Cage’s “Musicircus.” 

You have shared ten years of belief, participation, passion, and generosity in making Metropolis what it is today so we wish to give back with an unforgettable birthday celebration gathering of all our Metropolis family, friends, and artists -- and announce a bold new vision for the future of our entire community!!

Under the artistic direction of conductor Andrew Cyr, in collaboration with composers Paula Matthusen and Ricardo Romaneiro, Celebrate -- Metropolis Turns Ten, will be a multi-sensorial experience of cascading musical performances, sound installations, and spontaneous group performances. 

Drawing inspiration from Cage's, "Everything at once and all together", revelers will be immersed in innovative lighting design, projection mapping, and performance art. Wine will flow, sponsored by the award-winning Miro Cellars while dessert installations created by Pith's prodigy chef, Jonah Reider, will integrate with musical elements throughout the evening.

Finally, an after-party will feature a set by multi-faceted singer-songwriter and Metropolis collaborator, Emily Wells. 

Celebrate with Metropolis September 27!

Bauhaus as seen by Lukas Ligeti
Aug
14
6:00 pm18:00

Bauhaus as seen by Lukas Ligeti

  • National Sawdust

Doors at 6:00PM
Advance $20  |  At the Door $25

An evening of works by Lukas Ligeti as part of Modernity X Hungary, presented by the Hungarian Cultural Center and seeking an intensive artistic dialogue with the Bauhaus legacy and the exhibition of works by László Moholy-Nagy currently on view at the Guggenheim Museum, this concert also marks the beginning of Lukas’ curating at National Sawdust. The ensemble Contemporaneous, soprano Ariadne Greif and marimba virtuoso Ji Hye Jung will be featured in a program including the world premiere of a quintet for soprano and 4 musicians reflecting on Moholy-Nagy; Thinking Songs, a 30-minute tour de force for marimba, and works for chamber orchestra combining European modernism and African polyrhythms with the spirit of an American maverick experimentalist.

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https://nationalsawdust.org/event/classical-lukas-ligeti/