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Ellen and Jessica
Ellen Mandel is creating a new version of her song "when faces called flowers" to e.e. cummings' beautiful poem for voice, piano, violin and cello!! For superb singer Daniel Neer!!
Michael Lydon's Rolling Stones Discover America out soon on Amazon!!! Time to get your copy!! E book or print copy!!
Amazon.com: the rolling stones discover america
Ellen and I leave Wednesday for Milwaukee and a production of Passion in Pigskin! Very excited!!
Mopat composer Ellen Mandel is creating music and sound for Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's upcoming Tartuffe!! It's going to be SUPER!!! Go go go!!!
Training camp is almost over! Get ready for the Super Bowl #operabowl #pinp
Pigskin Spotlight! Our wonderful Pianist, Tor!
Norwegian pianist Tor Morten Kjøsnes is an active contributor to the New York music scene as an accompanist, soloist, and chamber musician. He accompanies up-and-coming as well as established ensembles, singers, and instrumentalists. Recent collaborations include legendary Swedish singer Sven-Bertil Taube, Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen, and trombonist William Lang.
Kjøsnes graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2010, where he studied with Nina Svetlanova. His studies in the U.S. were generously supported by the American Scandinavian Foundation. Earning his undergraduate degree studying with Tori Stødle at the Tromsø Music Conservatory in Norway, he graduated with honors in 2007, one of only a handful pianists to be awarded the top grade in the national censorship. He also held a full-time position as accompanist at the same institution, 2007–08. Additionally, he studied at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Hamburg, Germany, with Ralf Nattkemper. Kjøsnes has participated in masterclasses with artists such as Hans Leygraf, Martino Tirimo, Sigurd Slåttebrekk, and Volker Banfield.
Passionate about many forms of music, Kjøsnes utilizes his versatility as a composer and arranger with the folk/world music group Ljom, with which he has toured extensively throughout Norway, Sweden, and the U.S. The group’s first album was released in June 2014 by the renowned Norwegian label Kirkelig Kulturverksted.
Increasingly active as a guitarist, Kjøsnes works closely with experimental folk rock singer Kjersti Kveli. For such collaborations, Kjøsnes also writes string, chamber, and orchestral arrangements. Kveli’s latest album, of which Kjøsnes was a vital contributer on both guitar and piano, was recently nominated for “best folk album” for the Norwegian Spellemann Award (Norway’s equivalent to the Grammy Awards).
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Another selection from PASSION IN PIGSKIN, this one the soprano's big aria, "The Don't Know What to Do Blues," that Lauren-Rose King will sing in the show Sunday and Monday, Jan 24 & 25 at 6 pm, at the Cornelia Street Cafe in G'wich Village.
Our next Pigskin Spotlight is Steven Herring; Our Lineman Eddie!
Steven Herring, most recently performed Jason and Alicia Moran’s WORK SONGS, for the 56th Biennale di Venezia. Among his operatic roles, Mr. Herring has performed Amonasro in Verdi’s Aida, Sacristan in Puccini’s Tosca, Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, the title role in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Sharpless in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Belcore in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’amore. Additional performances include Agwe in Once on This Island, Wandering Son in Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, Obatala in God’s Trombones, as well as the baritone love interest in Alicia Hall Moran’s the motown project.
As a featured soloist, Mr. Herring’s concert repertoire includes performances of Beethoven Choral Fantasy with The Saint Louis Symphony, Fauré Requiem with Orchestra of Saint Lukes, Peter in Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion with Musica Angelica and The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Carmina Burana at The John F. Kennedy Center with The CUA Symphony Orchestra, Messiah with The CUA Symphony Orchestra, Mozart Festival with The Juilliard Symphony.
Mr. Herring is a recent recipient of an Olga Forrai Foundation Grant.
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Wondering what it sounds like? Here's a teaser of some of the music! Enjoy!
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A teaser of the cabaret opera "Passion in Pigskin" Different Cast, same Pigskin
Our next Pigskin Spotlight!
Kyle van Schoonhoven, our evil halfback Billy, recently has performed the roles Don José (Carmen), Tamino (Die Zauberflöte) at Carnegie Hall, Peter Fallow (Bonfire of the Vanities), and Alfredo (La Traviata).
Recently, Kyle was accepted into the Merola Opera Program, the Virginia Opera Resident Artist Program to cover Max in Weber's Der Freischütz, and was a winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Buffalo-Toronto District.
For more information on Kyle check out Kylevs.com
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Happy New Years! May this year bring you incredible experiences and music.
Our next Pigskin Spotlight!
The other co-composer of Passion in Pigskin is Michael Lydon.
Known to millions as “The Handsomest Man in the World, is a pioneering reporter of 60s rock ‘n’ roll and a founding editor of Rolling Stone who profiled Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and BB King for the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and Village Voice. The Rolling Stones Discover America, now an Amazon e-book and a Hachette audio book, is Lydon’s eyewitness account of the Stones’ long 1969 tour of America that led to the disastrous concert at Altamont.
A Yale graduate, Lydon has written many books, among them Rock Folk and Ray Charles: Man and Music, the definitive biography of the Genius. Lydon also often performs at Cornelia Street Café and elsewhere as a singer-songwriter with pianist-composer Ellen Mandel and the jazz combo featured on his CD, Love at First Sight.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Our Next Pigskin Spotlight!
Ellen Mandel, co-composer, has written music for over sixty plays. Nominee: New Hampshire Theater Award, Best Original Score, NYIT Award twice: Outstanding Original Music and Sound Design, Winner L.A. Scenie Award, Original Music. Theaters in NYC include the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, Mint, Jean Cocteau Rep, and Pearl. Regional theaters: Antaeus,(2014 Scenie Award), Asolo (FL), Arkansas Rep, and Peterborough Players. She has composed scores for five indie films, and for dance and cabaret, as well as on the spot for improv comedy. Concurrent with Passion in Pigskin, The Gambler for the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, at the Wild Project.
Mandel has also written many songs to poems by e. e. cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats, Thomas Hardy and others, with concerts at the Tribeca New Music Festival, St Mark’s Church on the Bowery, Klavierhaus, around the USA, at Ireland’s Kilkenny Arts Festival, and in Scotland and England
Ms Mandel has released five CDs: art songs: a wind has blown the rain away and the first of all my dreams, sung by Todd Almond, The Cat and the Moon, with singer Daniel Neer, and There Was a World, sung by a female trio, and Every Play’s an Opera (theatre music); Dizzy Gillespie called her a “wonderful musician.”
All Things Considered raves about Mandel’s songs: “A striking collaboration! the playful poetry of e.e. cummings set to music by New York composer Ellen Mandel… I wish I could give this CD to every poetry lover I know!” NY Times calls Mandel’s songs: “ ardent and spiky…refreshingly organic.”
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The role of the Coach will be played by Doug Shapiro.
Doug Shapiro has worked on over 35 new musicals in a year’s time. Animation work: cast album and live production of FINDING NEMO: THE MUSICAL for Disney, “DougToons” on YouTube. Company member with The Barnstormers in Tamworth, NH for 15 years. Most recent gig: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS with The Transport Group. Come visit at dougshapiro.com and thank you for supporting new work!
Please join us on the 24th and 25th of January, for Passion in Pigskin! Make your reservations today!
Village Voice Press Release
In one quick-moving hour and with a memorably melodic score, Passion in Pigskin tells the tragi-comic story of a love triangle between two New York Knights football players, Billy a dashing, cynical running back, Eddie, a sincere slow-witted tackle, and Mary Jo, a sweetly innocent cheerleader. Compo…
Our press release on Broadway World. Please check it out!
In one quick-moving hour and with a memorably melodic score, Passion in Pigskin tells the tragi-comic story of a love triangle between two New York Knights football players, Billy a dashing, cynical running back, Eddie, a sincere slow-witted tackle, and Mary Jo, a sweetly innocent cheerleader.
One of our fearless leaders, and co- composer of "Passion in Pigskin" Michael Lydon,a singer-songwriter and Ray Charles biographer, known to millions as "The Handsomest Man in the World."
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