First Parish Choir Presents The Shoemaker – February 28


February 4, 2016

Ray Cornils - Minister of MusicThe Shoemaker, a recent church opera by Stephen Paulus, will be presented by our Adult Choir, chamber orchestra and soloist on Sunday, February 28 at 3:00 pm at Bowdoin College’s beautiful Studzinski Recital Hall.

This one act church opera was composed in 2012 by Stephen Paulus. Set to
an English libretto by poet Michael Dennis Browne based on Leo Tolstoy’s
short story What Men Live By, the piece intertwines a Russian version of
the New Testament parable of the Good Samaritan with a story of the angel
Michael. The engaging and poignant work, illustrating faith and mystery,
will feature soloists Elizabeth Printy as Matryona, Domique Rossoff as Simon, Bruce Fithian as the angel Michael, and Elisabeth Marshall as Irina, as well as our Adult Choir and a 15-piece chamber orchestra under the direction of Ray Cornils.

Stephen Paulus has been described as a composer who writes in a musical language that is original, often gorgeous, moving and uniquely American. His musical voice is tonal in harmony, mildly dissonant, lyrically rich and rhythmically pungent. His goal as a composer, he said in an interview in 1999, was “to move or transform an audience, so that they might come out thinking, ‘That piece had some magic, some sizzle to it.’ Maybe it might make them think a thought or idea they hadn’t thought before. Maybe it could suggest a memory or a desire or an accomplishment that’s transforming, that’s connecting.”

He has composed more than 450 works, including 12 operas, and has received commissions from the world’s great orchestras, chamber ensembles, soloists, and opera companies. He has served as composer in residence with the Atlanta Symphony and later, the Minnesota Orchestra.

This concert will be the premiere performance of The Shoemaker in New England. Tickets (Adults $15.00 in advance/$20.00 at the door; 18 and younger $5.00) for this one-hour program are available at the church office, online, or after church on Sundays in February.



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