Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Alvin Singleton's 'Brooklyn Bones' Honors 'Prison Ship Martyrs'; Carnegie Hall Premiere April 26

[Alvin Singleton; Fort Greene Park Prison Ships Monument]

New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Fort Greene Park
“The monument marks the site of a crypt for more than 11,500 men and women, known as the prison ship martyrs, who were buried in a tomb near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.”
Peterborough, New Hampshire
American Opera Projects and The MacDowell Colony invite you to help celebrate MacDowell Colony Fellow Alvin Singleton's 70th birthday with a special event:
Monday, April 26, 2010
Performance: 7:30 p.m.
Reception: 9:30 p.m.
Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
881 Seventh Avenue
New York, New York
This program will feature the World Premiere of Georgia Shreve's Triptych -Trio - Oratorio: Portraits of the 20th Century and the Carnegie Hall premiere of Alvin Singleton's Brooklyn Bones: Requiem for the Revolutionary War Prison Ship Martyrs.

Come for the music, stay to meet the composers.
The purchase of a ticket and reception package includes a full, premium open bar and a gathering with Georgia Shreve and Alvin Singleton directly following the performance. To hear an excerpt from Brooklyn Bones, click HERE.

Ticket Information
Premium seating and a reception with the composers: $125 per person, $200 per couple. Please RSVP and purchase your tickets no later than Monday, March 15, 2010. Individual tickets (without reception): $40/$20 available through Carnegie Hall at

Alvin Singleton and Patricia Hampl were commissioned by the Fort Greene Park Conservancy to create a work to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. This work, Brooklyn Bones, debuted in Fort Greene on November 15, 2008. American Opera Projects is producing this concert with a chorus and orchestra made up of 33 members from the chorus Cantori New York. Mark Shapiro will conduct, and the tenor soloist will be Cameron Smith.

Because of his rich stew of influences—from Mahler to Monk, Bird to Bernstein, James Baldwin to Bach, Santana to Prince—(Singleton's) compositions are not stuffy or obscure or pedantic or bland. – The Philadelphia Inquirer

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