miniatures behind the door



piaNO – a recital of songs for voice & not piano

Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:00pm
Behind the Door
219 Court Street
Brooklyn NY 11201

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all revenue will benefit the New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU)

Vertical Player Repertory presents sopranos Elise Brancheau, Chelsea Feltman, and Katya Gruzglina in piaNO, a recital of songs for voice and solo instruments – but not piano, featuring Timothy Leonard, cellist; David Rocca, bassoonist; Charlotte Nicholas, violinist; and Christian Berrigan, guitarist.

The program begins with an arrangement for soprano, violin, and cello of the beloved aria “Bist du bei mir,” (although generally attributed to J. S. Bach, it’s actually from Diomedes, an opera by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel). Andrew Hsu’s contemporary piece for soprano and cello, “Philtrum,” with text by the poet Taije Silverman, explores the origin of the philtrum (the indent above the lips and below the nose), as explained in Jewish mythology. Lori Laitman’s poignant song cycle for soprano and bassoon, “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” sets poetry written by children murdered in the Holocaust. Violin and voice are paired in Heitor Villa-Lobos’ “Suite for Violin and Voice,” inspired by Portuguese folk melodies. Bringing the folk theme closer to home, a set of songs by iconic female singer/songwriters of the 1960s, accompanied by guitar, will close the program.

Tickets are $20 ($10 for students with a valid student ID), and may be purchased online or at the door, based on availability. Reservations or pre-purchase strongly encouraged, as space is limited.

All proceeds of this recital will be donated to the New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU), a national organization that defends and preserves the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. A representative from the NYCLU will be present at the performance to speak briefly about the organization’s mission and ways to donate and/or get involved. For more information on the ACLU, visit, and for information on the NYCLU, visit

Can’t attend but would like to donate to help the cause? Tax-deductible donations can be made the the NYCLU in honor of Vertical Player Repertory or your favorite performer. To make a contribution, please visit





Jewels of the Baroque
(high voices and low tea in a semi-precious setting)

Saturday, November 28, 2015, 4:00 pm
Sunday, November 29, 2015, 2:00 pm

Behind the Door

DeWitt, Savage and Dornak

Opera Feroce and VPR team up for Jewels of the Baroque, the latest episode in the Incontro Barocco series.

An uptight baroque band and an unruly troupe of singers are hired to entertain at the home of a wealthy family with pretensions to nobility. A nod to the salon concert, Jewels of the Baroque is a gleefully assembled smorgasbord of instrumental and vocal works trespassing across genres, styles and national boundaries. Singers and instrumentalists alike are costumed in High Baroque style, and the audience is shown more than a glimpse of the rivalry, revelry, and repartee among the players.



Métamorphoses et Mélodies

Thursday, May 28, 2015
8:30 pm

Behind the Door

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Rémy Yulzari, double bass
Yegor Shevtsov, piano
with Judith Barnes, mezzo soprano



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Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014
8:00 pm

Behind the Door


a selection of works from baroque to contemporary, celebrating the acclaimed Virtuosi Quintet’s 31st season. Music of Bach, Damase, Grieg, Ligeti, Hindemith and Running.



rare bel canto arias for mezzo soprano

Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:30 pm

Behind the Door

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Hayden DeWitt, mezzo soprano
Cathy Venable, piano
Thea Cook, curator

An evening of treasures plucked from the dusty attic of Italian opera and polished to their former luster. The program will feature rarities by Verdi’s rivals Alessandro Nini, Giovanni Pacini and Federico Ricci, as well as early comic arias by Saverio Mercadante and Gaetano Donizetti. Some of these arias will be receiving their first public performance since the 19th century.



a reading of a new play by Lucille Lichtblau

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7:30 pm

Behind the Door


with Che Ayende, Ezra Barnes, Nurit Monacelli and Libya Pugh
directed by Melissa Maxwell

A mysterious diary found at an estate sale gives a young, mixed race couple a troubling legacy to consider; that of founding father Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings, who bore him six children.




Benjamin Yarmolinsky, composer and guitarist

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8:00 pm

Behind the Door

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Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 pm

Behind the Door


Judith Barnes, mezzo soprano
Hayden DeWitt, mezzo soprano
Bruce Rameker, baritone
Richard Pearson Thomas, piano

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PROGRAM includes songs by John Dowland, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf, Henri Duparc, Reinaldo Hahn, Jules Massenet, Antonio Caldara, Giovanni Bononcini, and Ossesione by Richard Pearson Thomas, a song cycle inspired by the much loved Arie Antiche from the Schirmer Italian Song Anthology.



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“You never know what’ll happen.”

Written and performed by Isidore Elias

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8:00 pm

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Evelyn Thatcher, vocals
Tiffany Stoker, vocals
Beverly Closs, piano
Lane Warren, bass
Cody Rahn, drums


Beautiful and Outlandish Songs
by Charles Ives and Richard Pearson Thomas

Friday, May 9, 2014
8:00 pm


Bruce Rameker, baritone
Richard Pearson Thomas, piano

PROGRAM includes
Religion / At the River / Serenity
Slugging a Vampire / Two little flowers
The white gulls / Thoreau

and other songs by Charles Ives
I never saw a moor / Jordan / Diamonds / Voyeur
Spinster of Chelsea Embankment /Azulao / Poison
and other songs by Richard Pearson Thomas



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7:30 pm


Maeve Hoglund, soprano
Marnie Laird, piano

PROGRAM includes
Amarilli mia bella by Giulio Caccini
Mattinata by Ruggero Leoncavallo
Come raggio di sol
by Antionio Caldara
Il bacio by Luigi Arditi
Kaddisch by Maurice Ravel
Elfenlied by Hugo Wolf
Allah akbar allah by Karol Symanowski
Ce doux petit visage by Francis Poulenc
Rushes by Chris DeBlasio
Siete canciones populares Españolas by Manuel de Falla


(the lovesick shepherd)

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:00 pm


Hayden DeWitt, mezzo soprano
Beth Anne Hatton, soprano
Cathy Venable, piano and flute
Joseph Trent, flute

PROGRAM includes
Der Hirt auf dem Felsen
 by Franz Schubert
Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen by Gustav Mahler
Selections from Il Re Pastore by Wolfgang A. Mozart
Selections from sonatas for two flutes by Georg Philipp Telemann


Sonnets to Orpheus

an evening with Rainer Maria Rilke


Hayden DeWitt, mezzo soprano
Paul Hecht, reader
Rita Costanzi, harp

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Behind the Door





(sneak preview)

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In Front of and Behind the Door


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Behind The Door



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Behind the Door


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Behind the Door


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