With a libretto by Ginger Strand, Featuring: Artemisia: Bethany Cofland; Tomasso: Kyle Stegall; Susanna: Marnie Breckenridge; Abra/Tuzia: Nikki Einfeld ; Jonathan Smucker and Igor Vieira; Elder 1/ Tassi, Elder 2/ Cosimo, Matilda Hofman, conductor. With amazing projections by Andrew Lucia.
"Artemisia” lasts just 80 minutes, but fits in big themes set to music of quivering intensity. The story of the rape is there, blended with Gentileschi’s unbearably compassionate painting of the biblical character Susanna, who was ogled and shamed in her bath. But larger questions of idea and form, image and projection, sight and gaze also find nuanced and intelligent treatment." CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM
American Composers Orchestra at Zankel, Carnegie Hall. And UnSafe Commission. Collaboration with lighting artist Leni Schwendinger. George Manahan, conductor. 2014Playing It UNsafe, opens the laboratory to more experienced composers. The orchestra commissioned Joan La Barbara, Laura Schwendinger, Henry Threadgill, Sean Friar and David Heuser to use the orchestra as a canvas, creating new works from scratch — or in some cases, from a notebook full of ideas — in five public workshops and a c