18 Jul Love on Film
I was commissioned by Black House Collective (Kansas City, MO) to write a short chamber opera for their 2014 New Operas Project. This is a unique one: the operas (five of them from five different composers) will be presented on-book, concert-style, but will accompany a scene from a film. The theme was “iconic love scenes”, and I chose to work with a scene from Ross McElwee’s 1986 documentary Sherman’s March.
McElwee had originally set out to make a film about General Sherman’s destructive “March to the Sea”. However, as filming began, his girlfriend broke up with him, and the film instead gradually became about how McElwee was trying to find love in the South. I am using a sequence that features his friend Charleen, and the woman that Charleen is trying to set him up with. The chamber opera is scored for soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone, and the band will include violin, cello, percussion, flute, and clarinet.
The performance will be on August 22, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. This will be my first time to KC! Very excited.