George Gershwin's "Blue Monday" at the Cotton Club
Daily Event: 7:00 PM
New York, NY
On Site Opera & Harlem Opera Theater present
George Gershwin's Blue Monday
June 18 & 19, 2013
7pm: Cocktails and Dancing
8pm: Blue Monday
The Cotton Club (656 W. 125th St, New York, NY)
More information: www.osopera.org
Conducted by Gregory Hopkins
Thirteen years before George Gershwin wrote his landmark opera, Porgy and Bess, he wrote a one-act opera that fused Italian opera with a truly American style. The result was Blue Monday. This 30‐minute jazz opera gem is set in a 1920’s Harlem jazz club where a lover’s spat turns murderous to the music of Gershwin that audiences adore.
When audiences step into The Cotton Club, they will be transported back in time to the musical height of the Harlem Renaissance. The Cotton Club All Stars will play popular jazz and swing standards, and audience members can join the cast on the dance floor to celebrate Harlem’s heyday. String players from the Harlem Chamber Players then join the band to perform Gershwin’s lush score.
The Cotton Club
656 W 125th St
On Site Opera
In their inaugural season last year, On Site Opera (the brainchild of celebrated director Eric Einhorn,) presented Shostakovich’s The Tale of the Silly Baby Mouse amongst the animals of the Bronx Zoo, and received rave reviews from the New York Times, who exclaimed, “Now and then you witness a debut so happy and so rich with potential that you can’t wait to share the news.” On Site Opera is a new opera company built around the idea that exciting performances can happen outside the walls of a traditional theater. Through immersive, site-specific productions, performers and audiences will experience great music and drama as never before in some of New York’s most exciting spaces.
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