January 20, 2013
Lukas Foss' Time Cycle - New York Philharmonic Ensembles Series at Merkin Concert Hall, New York City
Soprano Susan Narucki joins cellist Carter Brey, percussionist Daniel Druckman, Mark Nuccio, clarinet and Steven, Beck, pianist for a performance of Lukas Foss' classic Time Cycle as part of the New York Philharmonic Ensemble Series at Merkin Hall. Works by Schubert, Hindemith, and Sichel complete the program.
February 20, 2013
"Utterance, Ritual, Expression: Why Singing Makes Us Human" at Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, UC San Diego
Soprano Susan Narucki presents a lecture on the Making of the Modern World's Series: To Be Musical: Utterance, Ritual, Expression: Why Singing Makes Us Human.
Before we spoke, we sang. The strange and unimaginable sounds that emerged from the throats of our ancestors led us to the path of language. All cultures sing, and for many song is the way in which humans apprehend their own history. Throughout the modern world, singing is an essential component of sophisticated musical form and expression. Why does singing effect us as it does? This lecture will discuss how singing has driven - and been driven by - our need to communicate and to understand our human experience.
March 6, 8 and 9, 2013
Anthony Davis' Lear on the Second Floor - World Premiere - at Black Box Theater, Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego
Kallisti's fourth chamber opera production is the world premiere of Anthony Davis' chamber opera Lear on the 2nd Floor.
Composed by Anthony Davis with a libretto by Allan Havis, Lear on the 2nd Floor is a contemporary take on Shakespeare’s King Lear. It tells the story of Nora Lear, a prominent neuroscience researcher beset with early onset Alzheimer’s; as she loses her bearings and her autonomy, she is increasingly at the mercy of her three quarreling daughters. Nora’s dead husband Mortimer is Shakespeare’s fool in this version and is her constant companion as she walks through a world where the past and present blend and reality bends. Davis’ arrangement and instrumentation reflect diverse influences ranging from classical opera to jazz to reggae.
The cast includes Tiffany Du Mouchelle, Bonnie Lander, Philip Larson, Susan Narucki, Sara Perez and Alice Teyssier. Steven Schick conducts Palimpsest, UCSD's contemporary music ensemble. The creative team includes Mark DeChiazza, director and Victoria Petrovich, set designer.
Opera News has called Anthony Davis a “National Treasure” for his pioneering work in opera. In his operas, X: The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Tania, and Wakonda's Dream, Davis provides a political and social critique of America with music that embraces a spectrum of influences from Wagner and Berg to Ellington and Mingus to the Indonesian gamelan and South Indian ragas.
March 30, 2013
Cuatro Corridos in Artist Residency at Yellow Barn in Putney, Vermont
Cuatro Corridos begins its journey toward its world premiere performances in May with this weeklong artist residency hosted by Yellow Barn in Putney Vermont. Composers Hilda Paredes, Hebert Vazquez, Arlene Sierra and Lei Liang will gather with team leaders soprano Susan Narucki, award winning novelist Jorge Volpi, and distinguished performers of new music pianist Aleck Karis, guitaristi Pablo Gómez Cano and percussionist Ayano Kataoka for a week of intensive musical preparation on the work.
The week long residency will culminate in a discussion of the project and performance of excerpts from the piece. This residency has received the generous support of Yellow Barn, The MAP Fund for the Performing Arts and the University of California Institute for Mexico and the United States (UC MEXUS).
May 8, 10 and 11, 2013
Cuatro Corridos at Conrad Prebys Music Center, UC San Diego
Cuatro Corridos is a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, it tells the story of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.
Led by Grammy Award-winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, the fully-staged production features original music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Each composer gives voice to one of the four female characters by presenting one act in the hour-long drama. Distinguished performers of new music, percussionist Steven Schick/Ayano Kataoka, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gómez Cano, accompany Narucki in sharing the compelling stories of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking. The powerful production, conceived by Narucki and artist-activist Karen Guancione makes extensive use of iconic set elements and striking original graphic animation projected on a "border wall" that travels with the production.
However, Cuatro Corridos is more than a chamber opera. It represents and ongoing project to raise awareness about human trafficking through creative educational platforms and events organized in partnership with human rights organizations. Two free educational public events including a panel discussion with the composers and a forum featuring respected regional experts on human trafficking were scheduled in conjunction with the opera’s opening weekend.
Cuatro Corridos has received generous support from UC MEXUS, the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts (Doris Duke Charitable Foundation), Yellow Barn Music Festival, and the Department of Music at the University of California, San Diego.
June 18, 2013
Silicon Valley Music Festival, San Jose, California
Soprano Susan Narucki joins SVMF Artistic director Ray Furata and Alexandria Le in Karl Hinze's Three Songs as part of the Festival's New Music Concert.
Works by Hosokawa, Akiho, Sciarrino and others complete the program.
June 21, 2013
Unconventional Traditions at Silicon Valley Music Festival, San Jose, California
Soprano Susan Narucki and pianist Alexandria Le present three songs by Henri Duparc as part of the Silicon Valley Music Festival. Works by Bach, Debussy and Dvorak complete the program.
June 22, 2013
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde at Silicon Valley Music Festival, San Jose, California
Groundbreaking or an act of heresy? Only history can say. Soprano Susan Narucki joins this year's artists of the Silicon Valley Chamber Music Festival in a performance of Mahler's breathtaking song cycle Das Lied von der Erde, in selections traditionally performed by tenor voices.
Visit www.svmusicfestival.org for more information about this annual event.
July 5, 2013
Bach: Stumme Seufzer, Stille Klagen at Yellow Barn Music School and Festival, Putney, Vermont
Soprano Susan Narucki joins the faculty and participants of this year's Yellow Barn Music Festival for the opening night of the 2013 season, a tribute to founder David Wells. Susan sings J.S. Bach's Stumme Seufzer, Stille Klagen from J.S. Bach's cantata 199.
July 11, 2013
Berio: Folksongs at Yellow Barn Music Festival, Putney, Vermont
Soprano Susan Narucki joins the faculty and participants of Yellow Barn 2013 summer festival in a performance of Luciano Berio's iconic Folksongs for female voice and seven instruments.
July 13, 2013
Jörg Widmann's Sieben Abgesänge auf eine tote Linde at Yellow Barn Music Festival, Putney, Vermont
Soprano Susan Narucki joins the faculty and participants of Yellow Barn for Jörg Widmann's Sieben Abgesänge auf eine tote Linde.
Visit www.yellowbarn.org for more information about Yellow Barn School and Music Festival.
September 28, 2013
Cuatro Corridos at Casa de la Cultura, Tijuana, BC MEXICO
Soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Aleck Karis, percussionist Ayano Kataoka and guitarist Pablo Gómez Cano present the first international performance of Cuatro Corridos at the Casa de la Cultura in Tijuana, Mexico, in a unique bi-national partnership with IMAC (the Municipal Institute for Art and Culture) in Tijuana to promote a free performance scheduled on September 28, 2013 in the historic Casa de la Cultura Theater. The performance is to be preceded by a Spanish language forum on human trafficking and followed by a post performance reception.
October 4, 2013
Cuatro Corridos at Nasher Sculpture Center and Garden, Dallas, Texas
Cuatro Corridos will be performed at Nasher Sculpture Center's critically acclaimed series Soundings: New Music at the Nasher in Dallas. Soprano Susan Narucki to be joined by pianist Aleck Karis, guitarist Pablo Gómez Cano and percussionist Ayano Kataoka.
November 26, 2013
Art of Elan - San Diego Museum of Art
John Tavener's haunting Song of the Angel with Kate Hatmaker, violinist and members of the San Diego Symphony.