Resonance Works Announces Genre-Defying 10th Anniversary Season


Resonance Works will celebrate its tenth anniversary season with four powerful and intimate productions that showcase the depth and range of classical music performances, including two world premieres, orchestral favorites, awe-inspiring masterpieces and a new evocative opera.

Since its founding in 2013, Resonance Works has produced beloved operas, rare and new concert works, and thrilling choral performances, including 12 world premieres and dozens of regional premieres. With a commitment to collaboration and innovation, Resonance Works spotlights leading artistic voices exploring pressing contemporary issues.

Now in its tenth year, this genre-defying performing arts nonprofit announces that its tenth season will begin with the Pittsburgh premiere of Jorge Sosa and Cerise Lim Jacobs’ contemporary opera, I am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams in October, and will celebrate the holidays with the beloved classic Amahl and the Night Visitors, paired with Margaret Bonds’ uplifting The Ballad of the Brown King in December. 2023 opens with To Breathe Free, a concert that combines Aaron Copland’s Printemps des Appalaches with two contemporary works by Caroline Shaw and Gilda Lyons, followed by the season finale of Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor.

“Over the past decade, Resonance Works has presented innovative productions that subvert expectations of classical performance and invite audiences to connect with this diverse genre in new and deeper ways,” said Maria Sensi Sellner, Founder and artistic director of the organization. “Our tenth season honors our past while looking to the future with a mix of new works and timeless classics that showcase our vibrant community of performers and collaborators. We are excited to continue to bring Pittsburgh audiences powerful and timely musical experiences in intimate local environments.”

Box Office: Subscriptions for the Resonance Works tenth anniversary season and single tickets for I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams are on sale now. I am a dreamer who no longer dreams. Friday and Sunday October 14 and 16, 2022

Resonance Works opens its tenth anniversary season with the Pittsburgh premiere of Jorge Sosa and Cerise Lim Jacobs’ contemporary opera, I Am a Dreamer Who No Longer Dreams. Dreamer explores the complex relationship between Rosa, an undocumented Mexican immigrant awaiting deportation, and Singa, her court-appointed attorney, an ethnic Chinese immigrant from Indonesia living in the United States with a green card. Through the parallel but divergent immigration experiences of Rosa and Singa, Dreamer examines the complexities of American identity.

Pictured: Dreamer by White Snake Projects premieres in 2019 • Photo by Kathy Wittman Resonance Works alum Maria Dominique Lopez, Mexican-American mezzo-soprano, brings her “vocal instrument of beauty, range and ‘exceptional flexibility’ to Rosa’s role. Soprano Helen Zhibing Huang makes her Pittsburgh debut as Singa, a role she created “with enthusiasm and clarity” (The Boston Intelligencer) at the world premiere of Dreamer in Boston in 2019. The Resonance Works production takes shape through the vision of acclaimed stage and film director Estefanía Fadul, which “aims to connect diverse communities through inventive, visceral, and socially conscious storytelling.” Resonance Works alum Natalie Polito, a versatile soprano who has previously appeared in productions by Falstaff and Rusalka, stars as Mother/Gangster/Prosecutor.

Described by the Boston Globe as “…a timely tale haunted by American dreams”, Dreamer’s music is an eclectic mix of styles and influences, including traces of Asian and Mexican folk music, jazz, Afro-Latin rhythms, as well as Western music. classical tradition. Building on its reputation for bringing new American music to Pittsburgh audiences, Resonance Works is the second company to present this celebrated work. Amahl and the Night Visitors
Friday, Saturday and Sunday December 16-18, 2022 • New Hazlett Theater

Holiday tradition returns with a program inspired by the magic of the season, featuring the classic story Amahl and the Night Visitors and the uplifting The Ballad of the Brown King by Margaret Bonds, performed by the fabulous Resonance Chamber Orchestra and Chorus Festival.

Amahl and the Night Visitors is a beloved tale of hope and generosity that tells the story of a young boy, Amahl, his mother, and their heartbreaking encounter with three mysterious strangers on their way to Bethlehem. Victory Brinker, a dynamic young opera singer from Latrobe, PA who recently melted hearts on America’s Got Talent, makes her Resonance Works debut as Amahl on December 16-17. The cast of Resonance Works’ inaugural production of this holiday favorite returns, with alum Barbara LeMay, “a brilliant musician, a sensitive and compelling actress with a most beautiful voice”, playing the Mother, and Robert Frankenberry, Daniel Teadt and Jonathan Stuckey playing the role of the Three Kings.

Resonance Works pairs the beloved Amahl with The Ballad of the Brown King, a piece by celebrated 20th century composer Margaret Bonds with soloist Anqwenique Kinsel. To a libretto by poet Langston Hughes, Ballad elevates the role of African King Balthazar in the Christmas story through Bonds’ unique blend of classical, witty, calypso and blues music. The program also includes the live world premiere of Resonance Works’ contribution to the Decameron Opera Coalition’s Holiday Songbook, a streaming production of new holiday songs commissioned by the company’s partners across the country, featuring a piece by the composer Nancy Galbraith and librettist Sara Stock Mayo. , both longtime Pittsburghers.

breathe freely

Friday and Sunday March 3 and 5, 2023
First United Methodist Church, Bloomfield

To Breathe Free embodies the spirit of reflection and renewal with a revival of Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring and poignant new works by Caroline Shaw and Gilda Lyons.

The Resonance Chamber Orchestra takes center stage, echoing the first season of Resonance Works with a performance of Appalachian Spring by Aaron Copland. This dynamic piece buzzes with optimism and the possibility of building a new life, but also with worry about an uncertain future. The original 13-instrument version was written as a ballet for Pittsburgh-born dancer/choreographer Martha Graham, and reinforces the parallel threads of American nostalgia and cultural dissent woven throughout Copland’s music.

Led by Artistic and General Director of Resonance Works, Maria Sensi Sellner, To Breathe Free places this iconic score in conversation with two contemporary works. Resonance Works is honored to present the Pittsburgh premiere of Caroline Shaw’s To the Hands, for choir and strings, based on Membra Jesu nostri patientis sanctissima by 17th-century Danish composer Dietrich Buxtehude. To the Hands is a meditation on empathy, refuge and community responsibility through a variety of texts, including a riff on Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, The New Colossus, which is engraved on the Statue of Liberty.

To Breathe Free features a new commission celebrating the tenth anniversary of Resonance Works by Grammy-nominated composer and genre-defying artist Gilda Lyons, a University of Pittsburgh alumnus whose music has been described as “powerfully effective” and “masterful”. His intelligent and moving “Sourdough: Rise Up” was Resonance Works’ contribution to the Decameron Opera Coalition’s inaugural streaming production, which won multiple awards and has since been inducted into the Library of Congress as part of their Performing Arts. Covid-19 Collection of responses. This world premiere, featuring baritone Daniel Teadt, mezzo-soprano Timothi Williams and the Resonance Chamber Orchestra, will look back and leap forward as Resonance Works crosses the threshold of this organizational milestone.

Mass in B minor by Bach

Friday to Sunday April 28 to 30, 2023
Fox Chapel Presbyterian Church (April 28), Coraopolis United Methodist Church (April 29), Heinz Memorial Chapel (April 30)

Johann Sebastian Bach’s profound and magnificent Mass in B minor is the summary and culmination of a lifetime’s work. The Resonance Chamber Orchestra, Festival Chorus and an impressive cast of soloists bring this magnum opus to three inspiring spiritual spaces in the Pittsburgh area – a fitting and triumphant note to close this tenth anniversary season and welcome the future of Resonance Works.

Unlike all of Bach’s previous sacred works, the Mass in B minor was not written for the urgency of an imminent performance, but rather for the creation of a spiritual testament that became his ultimate legacy. It is the masterful assemblage of earlier works, transformed pieces and newly composed movements written over a quarter of a century, and probably among the last compositions of his life.

Resonance Works performances of this stunning masterpiece bring together more than the usual number of soloists, with alumni from across the organization’s history, including sopranos Katy Shackleton Williams, Charlene Canty, Amelia D’Arcy and Lara Lynn McGill, mezzo-sopranos Kara Cornell, Timothi Williams and Thespina Christulides, tenor Javier Abreu and bass-baritone Matt Scollin.

Resonance Works is a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit performing arts organization that empowers musicians and inspires audiences with intimate, genre-defying productions, ranging from opera and musical theater to orchestral, choral and concert music. bedroom. Performed in the privacy of small theaters, churches, art galleries and even cemeteries, Resonance Work’s productions enhance the moving experience of live music by bringing audiences and performers closer together.

The company’s work is shaped by collaborations with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, whose creative vision and immense talents are the foundation of every Resonance Works production. Through these dynamic partnerships, Resonance Works creates musical experiences that highlight artists’ voices and speak to pressing contemporary issues.

Resonance Works was founded in 2013 by Pittsburgh native Maria Sensi Sellner, a versatile and innovative classical conductor hailed for bringing a “welcome infusion of sophistication and diversity” to Pittsburgh’s cultural landscape. Resonance Works has produced beloved operas, rare and new concert works and cross-genre performances, including 12 world premieres and dozens of regional premieres, living its mission to bring inspiring musical experiences by renowned artists world on the stages of Pittsburgh.

At Resonance Works, we are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment. We will provide venue-specific accessibility details closer to each performance date. If you have any questions or need specific accommodations, please contact Brennan Sellner at [email protected] or 412-501-3330, and we will do our best to work with you.


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