SCHEDULE

UPCOMING:

MILTON RESNICK at 100: A Centenary View

A remembrance and a showing of a new film, “Milton Resnick Paints a Picture.”

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Disorder but completeness, a total anarchy and at the same time a universal truth.  — MR

Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:00 pm

Behind the Door
219 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Admission: $10 at the door
Please reserve: vpropera@gmail.com

The painter Milton Resnick (1917-2004) would have been 100 this year. He was born in Ukraine, and fled the pogroms with his family when he was five years old, eventually settling in Brooklyn, where he lived until he left home as a teenager after his father forbade him to be an artist. In the 1930s he was on the WPA artist project, and in 1940 he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army through all of World War II. After returning to New York in September 1945, Resnick immediately began painting abstractions, thereby cementing his historical position as a member of the first generation of American Abstract Expressionists. He was a founding member of the Artists’ Club of the 1950s. A larger than life personality, a poet, raconteur and philosopher, he might have become one of the towering figures of 20th century painting, had he cared to embrace the public. A museum devoted to his legacy is scheduled to open this year in his studio, a defunct synagogue in Chinatown, NYC.

The evening will feature “Milton Resnick Paints a Picture,” a short film of him painting and discussing his views on art and society, followed by a projection of paintings painted over eight separate decades.

Our host will be painter and writer Geoffrey Dorfman, close friend of Resnick and secretary and trustee of the Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation. His awards include an NEA Grant and the National Academy’s Henry Ward Ranger Prize in Painting. He contributed to Abstract Expressionism and Other Modern Works: the Muriel Kallis Newman Collection (The Metropolitan and Yale University, 2007). He has written for Artforum and Stagebill and authored Out Of the Picture; Milton Resnick and the New York School (Midmarch Arts Press, 2003).

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If Women Will Not Be Inclined
Women Composers, Women’s Voices

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Vocal music of the 19th and 20th Centuries
Songs by Lili Boulanger, Amy Beach, Pauline Viardot & Maria Malibran

Sunday, April 30, 2017, 4:00 pm

Behind the Door
219 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Admission $20
All proceeds will go to the Anti Violence Project

Judith Barnes, Hayden Dewitt, Katya Gruzglina, Mal Harrison, Christina Lamberti, Francesca Mondanaro, Andrea Reichenbach & Ellen Teufel, vocalists
Doug Han, piano

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Saturday, January 28, 2017, 7:00 pm

Behind the Door
219 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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MALVINA DI SCOZIA

by Giovanni Pacini
Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano

May 11, 2016, 7:30 pm
May 13, 2016, 7:30 pm

Christ and Saint Stephen’s Church
120 W 69th Street
New York, NY

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Hans Schellevis, Conductor / Judith Barnes, Director / Peter Szep, Chorus Master
Doug Han, Piano / Thea Cook, Production Curator
Angela Leson as Malvina / Karolina Pilou as Morna
Benjamin Bloomfield as Arturo / Stefan Kirchgraber as Malcolm
Aram Tchobanian as Wortimer

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INCONTRO BAROCCO

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.

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FRENCH SONG IN TRANSIT

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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THE VIRTUOSI QUINTET

Autumn Harvest

Wednesday, Nov 5, 2014
8:00 pm

Behind the Door

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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.

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New York Opera Alliance

Launching event at (Le) Poission Rouge

Sunday, November 3, 2014, 3:00 pm

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VPR performs excerpts from
THE DWARF by Yoav Gal

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New York Opera Alliance

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STELLA NEMICA INFAUSTA

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.

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THE HEMINGS DIARY

a reading of a new play by Lucille Lichtblau

Thursday, October 23, 2014
7:30 pm

Behind the Door

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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.

A TWO PLANKS PRODUCTION

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ALBUM FOR THE NOT-SO-YOUNG

Benjamin Yarmolinsky, composer and guitarist

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
8:00 pm

Behind the Door

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OBSESSION SONGS

Friday, May 23, 2014
8:00 pm

Behind the Door

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

A program of songs inspired by obsessive love, longing and dream states, featuring the Ossessione song cycle by Richard Pearson Thomas.

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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BUCKY’S BACK!

Bucky and his Friends|
“You never know what’ll happen.”

Written and performed by Isidore Elias

Friday, May 16, 2014
8:00 pm

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An evening of comedy and music with Bucky and His Friends, featuring Bucky Malocchio and his adorable Buckettes, with a guest appearance by Bucky’s rootin-tootin cousin Billy-Bob Hannity.

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

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SLUGGING A VAMPIRE
Beautiful and Outlandish Songs
by Charles Ives and Richard Pearson Thomas

Friday, May 9, 2014
8:00 pm

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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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MUSICAL VISIONS

Saturday, May 3, 2014
7:30 pm

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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

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IL PASTORE INNAMORATO
(the lovesick shepherd)

Friday, April 11, 2014
8:00 pm

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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

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Sonnets to Orpheus

an evening with Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Thursday, January 2, 2014, 7:30 PM
Behind the Door

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THE DWARF

a comic opera by Yoav Gal

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Peter Szep, conductor
Doug Fitch, director

GALA PERFORMANCE, PARTY AND FILM SHOOT
November 21 & 23, 8:00 pm, 2013

TWO MORE PERFORMANCES ADDED
Dec 5 & 7, 8:00 pm, 2013

The Blue Building
222 East 46th Street, NYC

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THE DWARF

(sneak preview)

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 8:00 pm
Saturday, June 22, 2013, 4:00 pm
 
In Front of and Behind the Door

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A preview and party to foreshadow our upcoming full production of Yoav Gal’s THE DWARF

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THE PEACE

libretto reading

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an open reading of the libretto of VPR’s first commissioned opera, THE PEACE, by composer Nizan Leibovich and librettist Isidore Elias

Saturday, June 1st, 2013, 3:30 pm
Behind The Door

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THE MILLAY SISTERS

a cabaret

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7:30 pm
Behind the Door

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open rehearsal

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INCONTRO BAROCCO

April 6th & 7th, 2013, 8:00 pm
Behind the Door

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A sumptuously costumed evening of music with Opera Feroce and friends