More on Seagel Music Colony's 2019 Fall Season

 

Yeltsin in Texas – Mack/McGuire
Based on true events, this comic opera recreates Russian diplomat Boris Yeltsin’s visit to an average Texas grocery store in 1989. Unimpressed by visits to New York City and the Johnson Space Center, it is the bounty of a supermarket that impresses Yeltsin to the point of abandoning his long-held Communist ideals. The cast of characters includes an ambitious store manager, a possibly-delusional store “Rent-a-Cop”, a feckless bodyguard, and of course the vodka-sodden Yeltsin on a crazy comedy jaunt that runs at the pace of meme culture and the best adult comedy on TV. The latest collaboration by Evan Mack and Josh McGuire, Yeltsin in Texas is co-commissioned by Opera in the Heights (Houston, TX) and Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX). The world premiere will take place at TCU in Spring 2020, with a professional premiere at Opera in the Heights soon to follow. ACNWD will present a staged workshop performance at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater on August 31, 2019.

Patra – Ohrenstein/Ohrenstein
A retelling of the downfall of Cleopatra (“Patra”) at the hands of the villainous General Octavian, this new opera from Sharon & David Ohrenstein will keep you on your toes all night. Who loves who, who’s in disguise, who’s asleep or awake or still alive… it’s all possible in this two-act opera-comique tale of rebirth. The music utilizes a combination of beloved operatic forms and contemporary dance rhythms to create an appealing and approachable sound world for this unique tale. The workshop is self-produced by the composer and librettist team. ACNWD will present a staged workshop performance at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater on September 7, 2019.

Sharon’s Grave – Wargo
We’re excited to collaborate for the second time on this new opera by Richard Wargo, artistic director of the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing, NY. Mr. Wargo adapted the libretto from a play by John Keane. He will spend a week in work-in-progress sessions with our fall season artists to hear how the work is coming along with real singers for performance and feedback. Although this workshop will not have a public performance, we’re happy to let you know about all the music being made on Charley Hill. This kind of workshop is one of the additional offerings we hope to offer composers and librettists as part of ACNWD’s expanding programming.

Harmony – Carl/Banks
A new opera based on true events in nearby Keene Valley, NY, Harmony is a story of the challenges and joys of love – romantic, platonic, and familial. Novelist Russell Banks joins forces with composer Robert Carl to bring us this touching tale set in the heart of the Adirondacks. A young Charles Ives and an older, world-wizened Mark Twain meet in the home of Reverend Joseph Twichell, Twain’s best friend, to celebrate the anticipated engagement of Ives to Twichell’s daughter, Harmony II. But when jealousy, pride, and a life-altering secret come between the lovers, can their families, and Twain, persuade them not to “throw away love when you have it”? Although this workshop will be music only, stay tuned – Seagle Music Colony intends to produce the world premiere in its 2020 season. Join us for a public reading of the score, scheduled for September 13 (appropriately) in nearby Keene, NY. 

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Yeltsin in Texas – Mack/McGuire
Based on true events, this comic opera recreates Russian diplomat Boris Yeltsin’s visit to an average Texas grocery store in 1989. Unimpressed by visits to New York City and the Johnson Space Center, it is the bounty of a supermarket that impresses Yeltsin to the point of abandoning his long-held Communist ideals. The cast of characters includes an ambitious store manager, a possibly-delusional store “Rent-a-Cop”, a feckless bodyguard, and of course the vodka-sodden Yeltsin on a crazy comedy jaunt that runs at the pace of meme culture and the best adult comedy on TV. The latest collaboration by Evan Mack and Josh McGuire, Yeltsin in Texas is co-commissioned by Opera in the Heights (Houston, TX) and Texas Christian University (Fort Worth, TX). The world premiere will take place at TCU in Spring 2020, with a professional premiere at Opera in the Heights soon to follow. ACNWD will present a staged workshop performance at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater on August 31, 2019.

Patra – Ohrenstein/Ohrenstein
A retelling of the downfall of Cleopatra (“Patra”) at the hands of the villainous General Octavian, this new opera from Sharon & David Ohrenstein will keep you on your toes all night. Who loves who, who’s in disguise, who’s asleep or awake or still alive… it’s all possible in this two-act opera-comique tale of rebirth. The music utilizes a combination of beloved operatic forms and contemporary dance rhythms to create an appealing and approachable sound world for this unique tale. The workshop is self-produced by the composer and librettist team. ACNWD will present a staged workshop performance at the Oscar Seagle Memorial Theater on September 7, 2019.

Sharon’s Grave – Wargo
We’re excited to collaborate for the second time on this new opera by Richard Wargo, artistic director of the Sembrich Opera Museum in Bolton Landing, NY. Mr. Wargo adapted the libretto from a play by John Keane. He will spend a week in work-in-progress sessions with our fall season artists to hear how the work is coming along with real singers for performance and feedback. Although this workshop will not have a public performance, we’re happy to let you know about all the music being made on Charley Hill. This kind of workshop is one of the additional offerings we hope to offer composers and librettists as part of ACNWD’s expanding programming.

Harmony – Carl/Banks
A new opera based on true events in nearby Keene Valley, NY, Harmony is a story of the challenges and joys of love – romantic, platonic, and familial. Novelist Russell Banks joins forces with composer Robert Carl to bring us this touching tale set in the heart of the Adirondacks. A young Charles Ives and an older, world-wizened Mark Twain meet in the home of Reverend Joseph Twichell, Twain’s best friend, to celebrate the anticipated engagement of Ives to Twichell’s daughter, Harmony II. But when jealousy, pride, and a life-altering secret come between the lovers, can their families, and Twain, persuade them not to “throw away love when you have it”? Although this workshop will be music only, stay tuned – Seagle Music Colony intends to produce the world premiere in its 2020 season. Join us for a public reading of the score, scheduled for September 13 (appropriately) in nearby Keene, NY.

6th Annual Adirondack Shindig 2019

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The 6th Annual Adirondack Shindig and Museum Preview Opening kicks off on Saturday August 10, 2019, hosted by the Town of Horicon and the Town of Horicon Historical Society.

More from the organizers:

“The 6th Annual Adirondack Shindig will feature the Preview Opening of the historic former Union Church built in 1881 and being restored for use as a historical museum facility.

The event takes place on Church Street in Horicon’s Hamlet of Adirondack from 11 am to 3 pm. This FREE event brings hundreds of people from far and near to enjoy live music and entertainment, and, this year, to see the results of their contributions and efforts by viewing the restored exterior and interior and ringing the still-operating bell of this 138 year old historic structure.

Food will be available at reasonable prices including at the adjacent, historic 160 year old Adirondack General Store where new owners Joe and Yvette say “We’re delighted to serve you.” Horicon Town Supervisor Matt Simpson said “Saturday August 10th is a special day in Adirondack on the east shore of Schroon Lake with events and activities from early morning until afternoon.”

The day begins with the Adirondack Yard Sale near the Recreation Field from 9 am until 3 pm and the exciting Adirondack Shindig – Museum Preview Opening - from 11 am to 3 pm. [Yard sale spaces are still available- contact Peggie: 518 494-4430 or Janet: 518 494-2191.]

Church Street closes at 11 am to get ready for the Shindig-Museum event. Shindig Coordinator Kathy Hill says “Musicians will play in front of this historic former Union Church built in 1881” and, added, ”Bring your own chairs, sit back and enjoy the music.” Town of Horicon Historical Society President Sylvia Smith noted the historic significance saying “On Saturday August 10th , walk through the original doors of this historic structure that for well over a century served Adirondack area residents and visitors and, now reborn, will serve again as a much-needed Historical Museum Annex to our long-existing Historical Museum in Brant Lake.”

Shindig benefits the Historical Society's project to save the 1881 church for Museum Annex use to be open to the public on this Town-owned property. Major reconstruction of the structure included a new foundation and exterior and interior construction to make the facility handicap accessible and Code compliant. Over $50,000 contributed by hundreds of individuals and businesses and a $100,000 New York State grant secured through the sustained efforts of our State Senator Elizabeth O’C Little and Warren County Economic Development Corporation President Edward Bartholomew and literally thousands of hours of volunteer time have saved this historic structure.

Additional donations and raffles at this year’s Shindig Preview Opening will go toward final cost of giving a new museum life to this historic building including the Society’s placement for public viewing many irreplaceable historical artifacts previously unseen due to lack of Museum space. A formal Grand Opening is planned for the coming spring with those historic artifacts in place.

For more information on this year’s 2019 Shindig-Museum Preview, check us out on Facebook and at horiconny.gov and at visitlakegeorge.com/events OR Contact Kathy Hill, Event Coordinator... 518 321 3911