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Inspiration strikes like lightning as this world premiere opera pits Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison in the war to electrify the world! Read more

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Inspiration strikes like lightning as this world premiere opera pits Nikola Tesla vs Thomas Edison in the war to electrify the world!

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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!

FAQ

  • Yes indeed! All donations to the Juventas New Music Ensemble are tax-deductible as allowed by the extent of the law.

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  • This is our fourth year producing opera, and one of the largest productions we have performed as of yet. In total, we have performed six new operas, and with the exception of one, each been a world premiere performance! Go new music!

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  • You may not know it yet, but you love Nikola Tesla. He is the man who astonished the world by demonstrating the wonders of alternating current electricity at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Alternating current became standard power in the 20th Century. This accomplishment changed the world. He designed the first hydroelectric powerplant in Niagara Falls in 1895, which was the final victory of alternating current.

    Among his discoveries are the fluorescent light , laser beam, wireless communications, wireless transmission of electrical energy, remote control, robotics, Tesla’s turbines and vertical take off aircraft. Tesla is the father of the radio and the modern electrical transmissions systems. He registered over 700 patents worldwide. His vision included exploration of solar energy and the power of the sea. He foresaw interplanetary communications and satellites.

    Pretty cool...huh?

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  • Isaac is a pretty cool dude, and his music explores the best of art or classical music combined with rockin' tunes and rhythms. To put it more officially:

    Isaac Schankler is a composer, pianist, accordionist and electronic musician living in Los Angeles. An expert on interactions between music and technology, he is the artist in residence of the Music Computation and Cognition laboratory (MuCoaCo) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, and co-director of People Inside Electronics, a concert series for live electroacoustic music.

    Isaac's music often incorporates improvisatory practices and indeterminate processes inspired or driven by technology to create textures of high intensity and intricacy. His work explores elements of other genres, encompassing new wave synthpop, klezmer and Balkan folk music, Weillian cabaret, experimental jazz, mystic minimalism, Oulipo, and more.

    You can learn more about Isaac and his astounding new music at his website: http://www.isaacschankler.com/

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    Hand-written thank you from the cast on a Light and Power postcard

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    Hand-written thank you from the cast on a photograph from the Light and Power production, Juventas key chain AND your name listed in the program bill

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    2 free tickets to a Juventas production plus everything listed above!

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    A copy of 1 page from the original score to Light and Power signed by the composer or directors, 2 free tickets to a Juventas production, AND your name listed in the program bill

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    Sponsor a specific musician and have your name on his/her stand. Receive a special hand-written thank you note from YOUR musician and the opportunity to meet him/her at the production. Also, 2 free tickets to a Juventas performance.

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    A small souvenir from the production...as in something actually on-stage during the world premiere and signed by the directors and/or composer. 2 free tickets to a Juventas performance.

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    Home-made dinner with the directors and/or composer of Light and Power along with 2 preferred-level seating tickets ($150 value) to the Opera Project or other Juventas production.

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    An original composition written for and dedicated to you! 2 preferred-level seating tickets ($150 value) to the Opera Project or other Juventas production.

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    Get to know the ensemble up-close-and personal with a private concert with up to 3 Juventas musicians in your own home! Also, a special thanks during the curtain speech for Light and Power, and, of course, 2 preferred-level seating tickets ($150 value) to the Opera Project or other Juventas production.

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