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6/3/2019 11:39:11director@fairmontoperahouse.orgTest TourTest TourTest TourTest Tour
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6/6/2019 16:46:16jfishmanmusic@gmail.comMN SInfonia is on the Road
MN Sinfonia is offering 5 different project options for touring, including concerts (classical or on the lighter side) which can if desired, involve local high school, college, community orchestras and/or bands joining the Sinfonia as part of the public concert program, a symposium on The Magical Mysteries of Music, and our Music in the Schools (MIS), an interactive program based on state academic standards that can work with local elementary schools.
General project descriptions

Following are the five project options and their related Sinfonia costs. These costs will be our out of pocket expenses, and do not include your expenditures. We will need those to include in the proposal.

The Sinfonia costs will include compensation for our musicians’
• Rehearsals as needed and concert performance
• Concert soloist as needed
• Food per diems
• Travel by bus, and
• ASCAP performance rights payments and other administrative expenditures.

Project I - Sinfonia Performance cost $14, 260

This can be a typical “classical” concert (music from the popular orchestra repertoire) or a lighter family concert (with a holiday theme in late November/December) or a family style “pops” concert format with music from Broadway, the movies, waltzes, marches, etc.

Project II - Sinfonia Performance with Soloist cost $14,960

Similar to Project I, but with the addition of a world-class soloist performing with the Sinfonia. 

Project III - Sinfonia Performance with The Magical Mysteries of Music Symposium cost $16, 360

One or two weeks prior to the Sinfonia performance, concert master Julia Persitz and conductor Jay Fishman travel to your community and present a fun, interactive and entertaining public discussion about the accessibility and importance of classical music. The intent is to break down many of the myths about and barriers to enjoying classical music, and to show the value and importance of classical music – especially to children! And, to generate interest and excitement about the upcoming concert performance!

Project IV – Sinfonia Performance, Symposium and Local Orchestra (or band) joining the Concert cost $19,210

This exciting project involves the local high school/college/community band or orchestra joining the Sinfonia for the concert’s grand finale. Conductor Jay and Concert Master Julia (for orchestras) rehearse the local players on the same day as the Magical Mysteries Symposium, and then on the day of the performance, the local players rehearse with the full Sinfonia prior to the public concert. The music to be played by the local ensembles will be chosen by the local conductors and Jay Fishman, who will also provide appropriate music arrangements as needed.

Project V – Music in the Schools cost $16,460

The Sinfonia will visit the community’s elementary school and present a current Music in the Schools (MIS) program, including two 45-minute back-to-back performances in the school gymnasium, accommodating approximately 300 students per concert. There can be up to a 30 minute break between the performances, so depending on the size of the student bodies and the proximity of the schools, it would be possible to work with two schools for this project. The music to be performed is tied to our curriculum guide and is based on state mandated academic standards, includes activities and lesson plans for each grade level (k-6), and a master listening CD that should be uploaded on school servers of the music the Sinfonia will play.

MIS is a curriculum-based program that ties classical music to academics, and requires students to hear classical music every day. Prior to the orchestra’s visit, Mr. Fishman will meet with school staffs via a telephone/video conference to answer questions and offer suggestions for teaching the curriculum. On “Sinfonia Day,” individual Sinfonia musicians will first meet students in their classrooms to explain their instruments and the orchestra, after which the students will attend Sinfonia performances of the music they have been studying in class. During the classroom visits, school choirs (and orchestras if they exist) will rehearse with Mr. Fishman the specially arranged music that they have been preparing, and will perform their songs accompanied by the full Sinfonia as part of the programs. These performances can/will video-recorded (at the community’s expense, but the Sinfonia will cover our musicians’ compensation) for public cable access.

If you are not familiar with Music in the Schools, please check out the following links:

https://www.mnsinfonia.org/education/music-in-the-schools
and
https://www.mnsinfonia.org/education/music-in-the-schools/2018-19-mis-program-introducing-the-orchestra

For the Sinfonia, please visit our website:

www.mnsinfonia.org
Jay Fishman, Artistic and Executive Director
cell 614 440 7661
email jfishmanmusic@gmail.com
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6/7/2019 9:04:04Gary@GaryRue.com
"Music & Lyrics: An All-Ages celebration of Diversity Culled From 40 Years of Composition in the Field of Music Theatre
https://garyrue.com/music-lyricsResponses are time sensitive due to grant deadline (July 12th)gary@garyrue.com, (612) 987-6392 (c)
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6/12/2019 12:39:25andrews@mnopera.orgOpera's Greatest Hits & NOOMA
Opera’s Greatest Hits

Approximate run-time: 75 minutes with one intermission.

Experience the vocal fireworks and passionate moments of the most famous operas all in one night. Performers from Minnesota Opera will take you on a journey through the greatest hits of the most famous composers in history. If you’ve never experienced the power of live opera, this is a performance you won’t want to miss!

Want to learn a little more about opera before the performance? Join us for Opera 101, an interactive presentation by a Teaching Artist from Minnesota Opera. You’ll go from an opera newbie to an opera expert in just 30 minutes! Opera 101 will take place an hour before the performance time, and is free and open to the public.


NOOMA

Approximate Run-time: 25 minutes

This new opera for babies uses parachutes to create an intimate world of wonder and interaction.
Designed by Moving Star Vocal Ensemble, the performance invites our youngest audiences into an expanding and contracting world and immerses them in a parachute’s movements as it becomes a metaphor for breathing. Bring imagination and your full selves into this baby and toddler-centric experience designed just for them!
Day 1:

Artists would arrive on a Thursday afternoon for an evening 3-hour technical rehearsal in the performance space.

Day 2:

Friday daytime activities could include: visiting local schools, libraries, community centers, lasting a total of appx 1-2 hours.
Teaching Artist would present a 30 min Opera 101 one hour before concert is scheduled to begin. Opera 101 can take place in the lobby of the performance venue, a separate classroom, or from the stage at the venue.
Artists from Minnesota Opera would present Opera’s Greatest Hits evening concert.

Day 3:

On Saturday morning, Artists from Minnesota Opera would present NOOMA for children ages 0-2 with their parents/caregivers in the performance venue or a separate event space.
All artists would depart following the performance.
Jamie Andrews, Chief Learning Officer
Email: andrews@mnopera.org
Phone: 612-342-9573

Pablo Siqueiros, Teaching Artist & Project Manager for this tour
Email: psiqueiros@mnopera.org
Phone: 612-342-1604

Minnesota Opera
620 North First Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
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6/13/2019 16:51:13maryprescottpiano@gmail.com
Songs Between Life and Death, a new evening length music-theater performance
Songs Between Life & Death (2019)
Created and composed by Mary Prescott
Commissioned by Roulette Intermedium (NYC), with funds provided by the Jerome Foundation.

Genre: Experimental music-theater

Short Description:
Songs Between Life and Death is a performative song cycle involving music and movement, for 3 soprano voices, violin, trumpet, double bass and piano. Inspired by the idea of conscious spiritual existence unattached from the physical body, Songs Between Life and Death explores the hidden spaces, emotional experiences, clarity, and chaos of inhabiting this unknown place for the first time.

Duration: approx. 80 minutes. No intermission.

http://mary-prescott.com/songs-between-life-and-death
Additional work samples available upon request.

Optional add-on events:
Public Artist Talk: An open forum style discussion about and in tandem with the performance, explaining motivations, compositional process and symbolism involved in the work, and an opportunity for audience to ask questions. 30-45 minutes.

Community Engagement Presentation: A community outreach presentation (at a library, school or senior center, etc.) giving access to community members who would not otherwise be able to attend the full performance. Presentations combine artist discussion with live performance of select excerpts. 45-60 minutes.

Personnel:
The premiering personnel for Songs Between Life and Death is comprised of celebrated American and international performers at the vanguard of their scene, with diverse backgrounds in jazz, new classical, improvised and experimental music. Each member represents an underrepresented or marginalized voice in American performing arts.

Voice: Nina Dante
Voice: Ariadne Greif
Voice: Sara Serpa
Trumpet: Jonathan Finlayson
Violin: Ilmar Gavilán
Bass: Nick Dunston
Piano: Mary Prescott
Personnel Biographies:
Soprano/vocalist Nina Dante is a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and composer based in New York City. Hailed for her “amazing performance of vocal versatility by a uniquely gifted young artist” (Chicago Classical Review), Dante has performed at the Resonant Bodies Festival, BAM, Lampo, Issue Project Room, Roulette, the Kitchen, National Sawdust, the University of Chicago’s Contempo, Performa, and the Renaissance Society, among others. Dante is co-founder, manager and soprano of the avant garde chamber ensemble Fonema Consort.

Nick Dunston is a Brooklyn-based composer, bassist, and scholar. He has performed with Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Marc Ribot, Ches Smith, Imani Uzuri, Ingrid Laubrock, Anthony Coleman, Roman Filiu, Dave Douglas, Amirtha Kidambi and Darius Jones.
Dunston has been commissioned by the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, the Joffrey Ballet School, The Witches, violist Joanna Mattrey, the ESMAE Jazz and Chamber Orchestras, and his working band, Atlantic Extraction. In 2019 he was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship by Roulette Intermedium.

Jonathan Finlayson has been recognized by the New York Times as "...an incisive and often surprising trumpeter," who is "...fascinated with composition." Born in 1982 in Berkeley, CA, Finlayson began playing the trumpet at the age of ten in the Oakland public school system. Finlayson joined Steve Coleman’s Five Elements in 2000, and has performed with Steve Lehman, Mary Halvorson, Craig Taborn, Henry Threadgill, Von Freeman, Jason Moran, Dafnis Prieto and Vijay Iyer.

Harlem String Quartet violinist Ilmar Gavilán, a native of Havana, Cuba, has performed concertos with the Atlanta, New Jersey, Baltimore, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Hartford, Nashville, Ann Arbor, Santa Monica, Phoenix, Denver, Louisiana, Anchorage, Santa Fe, Havana, Mexico City, and Venezuela Symphonies. He has performed for world leaders, including President Obama at the White House, and Queen Sofia of Spain. Alongside his accomplished classical music career he has enjoyed the privilege of performing with jazz legends Chick Corea and Gary Burton, winning a Grammy for the recording of the “Hot House” album.

Ariadne Greif, praised for her "luminous, expressive voice," "searing top notes," and "dusky depths," (NYTimes), enjoyed a casual child career as a “boy” soprano at the LA Opera. She starred in Donizetti’s Elixir of Love with The Orlando Philharmonic, Poulenc’s Les Mamelles de Tirésias at the Aldeburgh Festival, and Atthis, by G.F. Haas, which the NY Times called “a vehicle for Ms. Greif’s raw, no-holds-barred performance,” and "one of the most searingly painful and revealing operatic performances in recent times.” Recent projects include a recital presented by Resonant Bodies and Sydney Chamber Opera, and performances with William Kentridge of the Dada masterpiece Ursonate.

Lisbon, Portugal native, Sara Serpa is a singer, composer, improviser, described by JazzTimes as "a master of wordless landscapes" and by the New York Times as "a singer of silvery poise and cosmopolitan outlook.” As a leader, she has produced seven albums, the latest being "All The Dreams" with guitarist André Matos. Serpa has collaborated with John Zorn, Guillermo Klein, Andreia Pinto-Correia, Derek Bermel, Aya Nishina, Ashley Fure, Tyshawn Sorey, Nicole Mitchell, Kris Davis. Currently, she leads a trio with Erik Friedlander and Ingrid Laubrock; and is developing an interdisciplinary performance featuring Zeena Parkins and Mark Turner.

Mary Prescott is a Thai-American interdisciplinary artist, composer and pianist who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance.
An Artist-in-Residence at the Hudson Opera House, Areté Venue and Gallery, Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Arts Letters and Numbers, Prescott’s work includes the interdisciplinary performance pieces Atlasomnia, Mother Me, and He Disappeared into Complete Silence (with saxophonist Darius Jones); the immersive multimedia chamber opera, ALICE; the online sound journal, Where We Go When; and film music for Thereska Gregor’s Nocecrepa, and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She is a 2019 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission recipient, for which she created the 80-minute performative song-cycle, Songs Between Life and Death; and a 2019 National Performance Network Creation and Development Fund awardee.

Prescott performs at independent, experimental and traditional stages internationally, appearing in Constellation Chicago’s Frequency Series, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Women Between Arts at The New School in New York, the Josip Kasman Music Festival in Croatia, Baiona Piano Festival in Spain, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust and others. She is featured in Ophra Yerushalmi’s documentary film, Prelude to Debussy.

A New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leader, Prescott is a Co-Founder of the Lyra Music Festival & Workshop at Smith College, where she served as Artistic Director and lead faculty for several years. Other faculty appointments include the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, Larchmont Music Academy, and Great Neck Music Conservatory. Prescott is an American Composers Orchestra Teaching Artist.

Prescott holds degrees from The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Bachelor of Music), and the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music).
Mary Prescott:
maryprescottpiano@gmail.com
612.237.9839
mary-prescott.com
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6/13/2019 16:48:53maryprescottpiano@gmail.com
Mother Me - experimental music-theater performance
Mother Me (2018)
Created and composed by Mary Prescott
Premiered 5/21/18 at Areté Venue and Gallery (NYC) as an Artist in Residence.

Genre: Experimental music-theater

Short Description:
Mother Me is a non-narrative interdisciplinary performance piece that explores the complex relationships, psychology and sociology surrounding motherhood. This piece is a means to understand and grapple with questions and feelings pertaining to my own mother/daughter relationship, and biological and sociological influences on identity as a childless woman approaching mid-life. Through the performance, I seek to initiate a dialogue with the audience, asking questions that are particularly meaningful to a generation of women in the midst of shifting personal, cultural, societal and biological dynamics.

Disciplines: Music, sound, spoken word, movement, installation.

Duration: Approx. 60 minutes, no intermission.

Number of performers: 2

Technical needs: Outdoor space accessible from an entrance, grand piano, standard light/sound equipment. Temporary installation of 3 set pieces suspended from above (under 15 kilos).

http://mary-prescott.com/litmus-trilogy
Additional sample material available upon request.

Optional add-on events:
Public Artist Talk: An open forum style discussion about and in tandem with the performance, explaining motivations, compositional process and symbolism involved in the work, and an opportunity for audience to ask questions. 30-45 minutes.

Community Engagement Presentation: A community outreach presentation (at a library, school or senior center, etc.) giving access to community members who would not otherwise be able to attend the full performance. Presentations combine artist discussion with live performance of select musical excerpts. 45-60 minutes.
Creator Biography
Mary Prescott is a Thai-American interdisciplinary artist, composer and pianist who explores the foundations and facets of identity and social conditions through experiential performance.
An Artist-in-Residence at the Hudson Opera House, Areté Venue and Gallery, Avaloch Farm Music Institute and Arts Letters and Numbers, Prescott’s work includes the interdisciplinary performance pieces Atlasomnia, Mother Me, and He Disappeared into Complete Silence (with saxophonist Darius Jones); the immersive multimedia chamber opera, ALICE; the online sound journal, Where We Go When; and film music for Thereska Gregor’s Nocecrepa, and Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance. She is a 2019 Roulette Jerome Foundation Commission recipient, for which she created the 80-minute performative song-cycle, Songs Between Life and Death; and a 2019 National Performance Network Creation and Development Fund awardee.

Prescott performs at independent, experimental and traditional stages internationally, appearing in Constellation Chicago’s Frequency Series, the NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Women Composers Festival of Hartford, Women Between Arts at The New School in New York, the Josip Kasman Music Festival in Croatia, Baiona Piano Festival in Spain, Carnegie Hall, National Sawdust and others. She is featured in Ophra Yerushalmi’s documentary film, Prelude to Debussy.

A New York Foundation for the Arts Emerging Leader, Prescott is a Co-Founder of the Lyra Music Festival & Workshop at Smith College, where she served as Artistic Director and lead faculty for several years. Other faculty appointments include the Goppisberger Music Festival in Switzerland, the Louisiana Chamber Music Institute, Larchmont Music Academy, and Great Neck Music Conservatory. Prescott is an American Composers Orchestra Teaching Artist.

Prescott holds degrees from The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities (Bachelor of Music), and the Manhattan School of Music (Master of Music).
Mary Prescott
maryprescottpiano@gmail.com
612.237.9839
mary-prescott.com
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6/18/2019 15:51:52
theurbanspectrumtheatre@gmail.com
"Warm Dark Dusk": Stage Play surrounding the works of Langston Hughes. Twelve African American cast members with musicians. Presented with discussion after the show. 23 of Langston Hughes' poems are represented, with music ranging from thje 1920's to the 1950's, presented live and recorded. Would like to tour in the fall of 2020. Show runs 90 minutes with intermission. The Urban Spectrum Theatre is now in its 45th year of bringing quality theatre to, and by, inner city residents working with more experienced performers and young people. If the presenting organization chose, the company could come to town a day earlier and involve young people in larger dance numbers in the production. The play can be viewed in its entirety here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKcG-c71hgQ
Would like to bring this show to some colleges and/or high schools.Cast & Musicians of twelve peopleJudy Cooper Lyle, Artistic Director
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6/20/2019 15:18:35info@oboebass.com
Roots and Wings - An American Musical journey
Would like to bring this show to some colleges and/or high schools
We are the world's only professional oboe/bass duo and have successfully completed four previous Arts Tour Minnesota Grant projects. We also are available for educational outreach programs to schools, libraries, senior residences, community centers, etc.

Fees: (all represent the 25% match required by the State Arts Board Grant)
$625 Recital - 75-90 minute full recital with intermission
$100 outreach program - $100 fee for each outreach program requested
$50 one-time administrative fee
25% of standard GSA travel expenses of mileage, lodging, and MIE

Online resources:
www.oboebass.com
www.facebook.com/oboebass
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL411B9B8F58DB235A
Rolf Erdahl. Email: info@oboebass.com Mobile phone: 651-319-1413
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6/25/2019 11:00:14kfosterwarder@ordway.orgOrdway Cabaret: Breaking Barriers
Ordway Cabaret: Breaking Barriers features a diverse group of Twin Cities based artists performing favorite musical theater songs in a cabaret format, adding their own stories to the songs.

Featuring music from Hamilton, The Color Purple, Fun Home, Les Miserables, and more, we will shine a light on groundbreaking musicals that aim to amplify revolutionary moments in time through touching duets, rich ensemble numbers, and show-stopping vocal solos.

In 90 minutes (no intermission) audiences will take a personal journey of song and story that critiques and celebrates the Broadway musical and the human spirit in a way that will delight and move your patrons.
5 performers are accompanied by piano. Kelli Foster Warder kfosterwarder@ordway.org
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6/25/2019 16:35:16sprigofthat@gmail.comSprig of That Album Tour
Sprig of That (Isabel Dammann - violin, Ilan Blanck - guitar, Krissy Bergmark - tabla) tour their first full length album of original music, drawing on Western and contemporary classical, Indian classical, old-time and bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, rock, and folk. By combining original compositions with an innovative instrumentation of tabla, guitar, and violin, Sprig of That brings joy, virtuosity, and musical adventure to audiences and students. Through vibrant performances and interactive workshops, they hope to bring a greater understanding of creativity and forward movement in cross-genre collaborations.
Genre: instrumental folk fusion
Concert Run Time: 90 minutes (flexible)
https://youtu.be/gqwpHP3S1Ug
www.sprigofthat.com
Additional samples available upon request

In addition to experience as MPR Class Notes Artists for the year 2019-2020 and participating in Carnegie Hall’s Audience Engagement Intensive 2019, Sprig of That takes pride in taking the opportunity at each performance to present flexible, accessible shows for every audience member. For more information on educational (any level) and community presentations, please contact sprigofthat@gmail.com.
Krissy Bergmark - 708 466 4424, sprigofthat@gmail.com
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7/8/2019 15:03:57joan@lundstrum.org
Teen Hip Hop Workshops and Performance
Based in North Minneapolis, Lundstrum Performing Arts would like to identify partners outside the Twin Cities to host community workshops in hip hop dance technique, including a community performance of its highly trained hip hop company from Minneapolis.
Ideally we would partner with local secondary and post-secondary schools for workshops, with performance open to the whole community. Note Lundstrum has significant capabilities in training for musical theater for youth (dance, voice and drama) so workshops could be customized with this content.
Joan Grathwol Olson, Managing Director, joan@lundstrum.org or phone 952-250-2029
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