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Soprano Stacey Fraser, CSUSB department chair and professor of music, and Faith Jensen-Ismay, dancer/choreographer of the San Diego based dance company Mojalet Dance Collective, team up with artistic director and the Grammy nominated and winning players of the LA based ensemble Brightwork newmusic to present a new staging of critically acclaimed composer Mathew Rosenblum’s “Falling.”
This new adaptation of Rosenblum’s innovative and provocative work will be presented at Cal State San Bernardino in the Performing Arts Recital Hall at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 27.
This team of artists will perform the work under the baton of Maestro Anthony Parnther, whose current posts include music director of the Southeast Symphony and most recently, the San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra.
Falling (2013), a 25-minute chamber work for soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, percussion, piano, and pre-recorded audio, is based on a James Dickey poem of the same name that traces a flight attendant’s fall from an airplane (based on an actual New York Times article).
In this piece, the composer integrates an old LP recorded reading of the poem by the author. The interwoven recorded and sung text and accompanying music kaleidoscopically detail the flight attendant’s intense and transformative psychological and physical journey to the ground. This new staging of the work will incorporate the additional element of dance whereby the flight attendant’s act of “falling” is physically depicted by Jensen-Ismay.
Lighting design and the digital mapping of projection in real time by Jason Mann, CSUSB professor of theater, will be an integral component to the telling of the story.
The production will also feature the work of Andre Harrington, costume designer and CSUSB professor of theater.
“Falling” received its West Coast premiere at Boston Court in Pasadena on Oct. 5, and will have several repeat performances at various venues and campuses, including Cal State Dominguez Hills, The Vine Theatre at the Bernardo Winery in San Diego, Meng Hall at Cal State Fullerton, and the New Hazlett Theatre in Pittsburgh, Calif.
For more information, visit the Brightwork newmusic website.
To purchase tickets for the CSUSB performance, visit the Music Box Office (PA 145) or the Department of Music website.