Brevard Music Center (BMC) in Brevard, North Carolina, in a recently launched collaborative partnership with the Center for Contemporary Opera (CCO) in New York City, will produce a main stage production in summer 2016 of Falling Angel, a new work by composer J. Mark Scearce and librettist Lucy Thurber. BMC and CCO have established a partnership to support the training and education of young opera singers and to promote the growth of the repertoire of opera in America. This joint project combines the complementary strengths of BMC, one of the leading training institutes for talented college-age musicians and singers in the country, and CCO, a leading proponent of new opera in the United States.
Directed by Dean Anthony, the world premiere of Falling Angel – a dramatic opera noir based on the thrilling, classic mystery novel by William Hjorstberg – will be presented by BMC’s Janiec Opera Company on Thursday, June 30, and again on Saturday, July 2, at the Porter Center at Brevard College.
In addition, The American Pianists Association (APA) announced today that it is the recipient of a $10,000 Art Works award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to further outreach concerts and workshops by finalists of the American Pianists Awards.
The NEA grant will be used to support APA’s Concerto Curriculum, a partnership with five Indianapolis-area schools. Concerto Curriculum brings the beauty of world-class music to new audiences and non-traditional venues, provides pedagogical growth for developing artists, and inspires new generations of young musicians. As part of each American Pianists Awards competition, every finalist completes a residency with an Indianapolis-area high school orchestra or jazz band. Residencies typically span the course of three days and culminate in a joint public performance with the school musicians. The first residency for this year’s competition will begin in September 2016.