WELCOME new music and kickstarter fans! Thanks for supporting Juventas New Music Ensemble in our quest to perform Light and Power, a world premiere opera about Nikola Tesla!
We have spent the last year brainstorming, composing, rehearsing and pulling together a team in an effort to create the most *electric* new opera in the country. Now we need YOUR help to make it a reality!
(You got us...that's not actually a picture of us brainstorming, but Sara Ann Mitchell performing in our world premiere production of The Year of the Serpent.)
ABOUT LIGHT AND POWER:
Light and Power tells the story of brilliant but eccentric inventor Nikola Tesla, whose ideas electrified the world…literally! Starring such well-known characters as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and George Westinghouse, American history comes to life with new music by Isaac Schankler and libretto by Jillian Burcar. Boiled down to the nitty-gritty, this opera is the ultimate scientific story of being true to oneself versus selling out. It pits turn-of-the-century captains of industry against the fantastical creations of Tesla’s imagination. Oh yes, AC battles DC current, the electric chair meets its first victim, and a Super Nova explodes before your eyes!
Under co-direction by Juventas founder and Executive Director Erin Huelskamp and long-time collaborator Roxanna Myhrum and with music direction by Lidiya Yankovskaya, the production is sure to SHOCK! (Get it...wink wink)
Experience Light and Power on four (4) dates: Thursday May 19 – Saturday 20 at 8pm; Sunday, May 22 at 2pm at The Cambridge YMCA Theater in Cambridge, MA. There is something for everyone and children 12 and under attend for FREE!
AND because Juventas loves scientists and young people (our mission is to promote and perform new music by young, living composers), we are hosting a Light and Power Science Fair. Engage with thrilling experiments inspired by light and power on opening night May 19! Don't miss out on the fun!
(Emily Marvosh in the Juventas production of The Hourglass directed by Roxanna Myhrum)
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Before sparks fly, Juventas needs your support to create another unforgettable production. Last year’s Opera Project received first place in the Professional category at the 2010 National Opera Association Competition (NOA). Help us reach our goal of $8,000 for this production and achieve even greater recognition as we unite science and music and bring our work to the Opera America Convention and the Cambridge Science Festival. Oh, and in case you were wondering Juventas is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization. That means any donations you send to our cause are tax-deductible to the extent that the law allows!
(Last year's NOA award winning Opera Project 3x3=∞ held, like Light and Power, at the Cambridge YMCA Theater)
Now the POWER is in your hands. Here is what you can do:
- $50 allows us to paint the set or hire a hair and make-up designer
- $150 pays a musician stipend and brings talent to the stage
- $250 provides audio support for the electronic sounds in the production
- $500 covers rental of lighting equipment
- $1,000 funds all lighting, an essential component of this year's Opera Project.
- $1,700 rents the YMCA Theater. Without the space there would be no performance!
- Remember too, support to Juventas is tax-deductible!
Join the team and know that through your generous support, over the past five years, Juventas New Music Ensemble has performed over 130 works by more than 90 composers from around the world. Our performances have included 35 world premieres, and 6 new operas. Help us continue this legacy with your donation towards our most exciting Opera Project to date!
(Juventas Music Director Lidiya Yankovskaya and Core Musicians thank you for bringing Light and Power to the stage!)
We look forward to seeing you sparkle at our performances May 19-22, at the Cambridge YMCA!
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