October E-News

Greetings from the east coast (I’m on the road!) Excited to share several updates with you:

album art for Canon in D Harp Trio single release

I released a new single! Stream or purchase my Pachelbel’s Canon in D Harp Trio via AmazonMusic, Spotify, AppleMusic, iHeartRadio, Pandora, YouTubeMusic, and many more platforms… (*If you cannot find the track on your platform at your storefront of choice, please check back again soon! Often it takes several days or weeks for new releases to publish across all sites.)

For those seeking copies of my earlier albums (songwriting EPs Ophelia’s Song and Puzzle Pieces plus film-scoring and concert music EP Overture to an Adventure), visit the same platforms listed above for streaming and digital downloads, or order physical copies of CDs here.

Girondines production photos by Julie Smith

On Friday October 21st, Girondines began its premiere weekend run with Wilmington Concert Opera (WCO). Girondines, based on historical fact, is a new opera in English which focuses on the story of French Revolutionaries who presumably knew one another, met in secret before the Reign of Terror, and supported one another during the political upheaval. All six of the revolutionaries are women, and of these, three are guillotined and three live. I composed the opera’s score and crafted electronic soundscapes to intertwine with the music; for this concert opera premiere production, I am the pianist, music director, and technical director. Our stellar cast includes Girondines librettist and WCO Artistic Director and co-founder, Kirsten C. Kunkle as well as WCO Executive Director and Co-founder Marisa Robinson. Kirsten and Marisa originated the roles of Charlotte Corday and Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier, respectively; a full Cast list is included below.

To get a preview of the music itself, you can watch short clips from rehearsals on Instagram in the music section of my channel highlights or on my Facebook page. I expect you will particularly enjoy this video from when our librettist (and amazing soprano!) Kirsten rehearsed one of her arias in the role of Charlotte Corday with piano, violin, and cello earlier this week. Finally, Kirsten and I are so grateful that OperaWire interviewed us earlier this week about writing a feminist opera – hope you enjoy reading the interview! For any folks involved with voice, opera, theater, musical theater, or other performing arts venues, companies, festivals, or university programs, please let me know if you are interested in exploring opportunities to have your own reading, concert, or staging of Girondines.

Our final performance is TODAY at 2pm EST (11am PST)! If you will be attending in person, I look forward to seeing you at Presbyterian Church of the Covenant located at 503 Duncan Road, Wilmington, DE 19809. The performance is free and open to the public (no tickets required). Due to historical content, we recommend the opera for ages 13 and up. If you are unable to see attend this opera concert in person today, our production team will have a live stream option for today’s performance which you can watch via YouTube. Shortly before the show begins, you can tune in to watch from any laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Please be advised that livestream disruptions are possible, but it is our team’s hope and expectation that today’s digital presentation will run smoothly.

*Who’s Who in our WCO Premiere Cast*

Evening Cast: On Friday, October 21st + Saturday, October 22nd at 8pm:

  • Charlotte Corday……………………………….Kirsten C. Kunkle : instagram * web
  • Olympe de Gouges…………………………………Ashley Becker : instagram * web
  • Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze LavoisierMarisa Robinson : instagram * web
  • Madame Manon Roland………………Alyssa Maria Lehman : website
  • Madame Germaine de Sta√ęl……………Raffaella Lo Castro : instagram * web
  • √Člisabeth Louise Vig√©e Le Brun……………….Tracy Sturgis : instagram * web

Matinee Cast: On Sunday, October 23rd at 2pm:

  • Charlotte Corday………………………Suzannah Waddington : instagram * web
  • Olympe de Gouges………………..Laurice Simmons Kennel : instagram * web
  • Marie Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier………Alyssa Brode : instagram * web
  • Madame Manon Roland…………………………..Allison Deady : instagram * web
  • Madame Germaine de Sta√ęl…………..Kaitlyn Beth Tierney : instagram * web
  • √Člisabeth Louise Vig√©e Le Brun……………………..¬†Annie Gill : instagram * web
*WCO Premiere Also Features*
  • Pianist/Music Director/TD……………………Sarah Van Sciver : instagram * web
  • Piano understudy……………………………………..Tom Fosnocht : instagram
  • Cellist………………………………………………………..Melissa Brun : instagram * web
  • Cello understudy………………………………..C√©sar Colmenares : instagram
  • Violinist…………………………………………………….Thuy Nguyen : instagram
  • Violin understudy……………………………Caroline Stephenson
  • Stage Manager……………………………….Johanna Lynn Jones
  • Photographer……………………………………………….Julie Smith

Wilmington Concert Opera, an exclusively woman- and minority-run company, was founded on principles of diversity, inclusivity, and accessibility.

For anyone seeking a creative collaborator for music, audio, video, web/graphic design, sound, songs, jingles, film, theatre, piano, harp, ukulele, voice, a cappella, mentorship, lessons, etc., I look forward to connecting with you to learn more about how I can help!

July Newsletter

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Hey there,

Several exciting projects and events to share… if you’ll be in LA or Philly for them, hope to see you there!¬†Always seeking creative collaborators, so please send them my way!¬†And feel free to drop a line through the link at the bottom of the page.¬†Enjoy the rest of your summer days!

Cheers,

Sarah


SCORE & SOUND:

STRANGE AS ANGELS

It is such a pleasure working with Born Lucky Studios (Emily Gallagher & Austin Elston), whose newest film Strange As Angels features original score and sound by yours truly. The half-hour film, which Emily aptly describes as “David Lynchian,” stars Emilie Krause, Kate Raines, and Alex Bechtel. You’re invited to join me and the creative team behind the film for an evening of screenings at L’Etage in Philadelphia on August 15th– hope to see you there! The event is open to the public, and you can RSVP (free), here. Check out additional score and sound productions on my¬†film page.


MUSIC & LYRICS:

PETER & IONA

Among the musical theatre projects on which I am hard at work is a fantasy adventure, “Peter and Iona,” chock-full of magic, music, mystery, romance, and rebellion.¬†Writers Patrick W. Phillips & Sara Elizabeth Woodard are responsible for its sensational script while I pen its¬†lyrics and music for a charming cast of characters. Below are two live acoustic demo recordings of the¬†show’s songs, with a new song¬†added since the last newsletter. The added track is the show’s “Opening Narration.” Stay tuned for more demos and additional announcements coming soon!¬†They will be posted alongside other theatre projects¬†on my¬†music for the stage¬†page. Learn more about the project and its team, here.



UPCOMING WORKSHOP:

COPYRIGHT FOR CREATIVE PROFESSIONALS

You’re invited to join me for a workshop as copyright is defined, demonstrated, and discussed in the context of creating, protecting, and respecting original works of art in all mediums. Explore step-by-step registration instructions and discover answers to questions like:

  • how do copyrights work?
  • can copyrights protect my art and my ideas?
  • what do I do if my art was created collaboratively?
  • how much do copyrights cost?
  • what about “fair use” or mailing my art to myself and leaving it sealed?

I’m thrilled to have this workshop at Thymele Arts, launched by fellow CalArts alumnus John Henningsen. Thymele offers collaborative workspaces for LA artists, designers and arts managers; it is a membership-driven live event community that provides members access to rehearsal rooms, meeting space, private desks, studios, and event space for the development of new work. Refreshments will be provided at the talk. RSVP (free), here.


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