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TONIGHT: The latest from my opera

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If you’re in San Francisco tonight and interested in hearing some brand new music, swing by Counterpulse at 7:30 to hear a brief excerpt of the latest from my solo opera Failing That.

The section I’ll be performing was composed in the past few months and shows the early scenes involving a middle school student struggling to survive his physical education class.

The music is truly straddling opera and musical theater with a bit more emphasis on the musical theater tradition than I expected. And the good news is, even after listening to it non stop for a week, I really like it. There are equal parts Sondheim, Stravinsky, and (if you know my tastes, you’ll know how shocking this part is) even Rachmaninoff!

I have to credit Bruce Pachtman for encouraging me to sign up for these workshops at regular intervals. They force me to write new music and also forces the work to get up on stage before an audience. This gives me a chance to see how it works as theater, whether some parts are slow or confusing (or really hard to memorize). The next workshop will be in mid January as part of Bruce’s Solo Sundays series at Stage Werx, and if I can stay focused throughout the holiday season, I may be able to perform the first 50 minutes of the opera in its entirety!

But first things first. I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon memorizing and rehearsing for tonight. Hope to see you there.

Words First at Counterpulse

1310 Mission Street

Wednesday Nov 2, 7:30

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One Response to TONIGHT: The latest from my opera

  1. gerald rosen says:

    So art does imitate life.

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Composer, emerge thyself!

Now that the smoke has cleared after last weekend’s ginormous recital/premiere extravaganza, it’s time to pop out of the foxhole and see what the past five months of preparation has wrought. It was a big project. Self produce an evening long concert of new music, all written by myself. It seemed like the entrepreneurial thingContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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  1. Becky says:

    Wish I could have been there to see and hear your work Brian. I would have loved to hear what you have been working on. It sounds to me like it was a spectacular success! Your out of pocket was tiny and as for the hours…that’s what it takes to do what you want to do…it is all part of the package.

    Do you have any of the recordings and or video you could post online? Certainly not as good as being in the room and filling all of the senses but a good second.

    Glad you are playing out your dream. It takes guts. But of course you live with a woman who is smart and has a lot of guts.

    Becky

    • Brian Rosen says:

      Thanks Becky. If you go to the “Listen” section of the blog, there are a series of videos from the concert. You can also find them on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/user/brianmrosen

      Hmm… if you’re interested in hearing the music and didn’t know where to look, I clearly need to do some redesigning of this website…

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I GOT A GRANT!

Fantastic news here in Music vs Theater world! The San Francisco chapter of the American Composer’s Forum has seen fit to award me a Subito grant to help produce this weekend’s premiere of my song cycle (and other works)! This is a huge deal, not only will it make it much more likely that we’llContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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  1. Bun Bun says:

    That’s awesome, Rosen!

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Mommy… where do independent operas come from?

Over there on the right side of the blog you’ll see a “tag cloud”. For those of my readers who are not familiar with the blogging world, a tag is a keyword that I associate with each post. Each post can have any number of keywords. And that tag cloud lists all the keywords usedContinue ReadingContinue Reading

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  1. David Rodwin says:

    It’s enough to make you give up, and get a job working for Disney on a show that’s a commercial piece of crap. But what do I know?

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Eight days a weekend…

Well this was a big weekend.  I presented a thirty minute excerpt of Failing That at StageWerx, including twenty minutes of brand new material.  If that was all that was going on this weekend, that would have been plenty.  Unfortunately, it was one of those weekends where just about every aspect of my life hadContinue ReadingContinue Reading

2 Responses to Eight days a weekend…

  1. Sister says:

    Phew. For a moment there I was worried that you actually might have bombed. Glad to hear that you were able to pull-through in your usual way.

  2. Sean Gugler says:

    I’m impressed you then have time to write it up so eloquently. Each paragraph would have taken me a half hour. Thank you again for sharing, I’m an eager audience.

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