2/23 8pm, Boston Court Pasadena, (Enchantress of Numbers)

A collaborative recital between writers, composers and singers, led by Lisa Sylvester and featuring USC alumni.

[Enchantress of Numbers is an opera I’m in the process of developing with writer/librettist Neil Aitken. This concert will include the premiere of an aria excerpt from the new work.]

Tickets and details (admission is free for students)

Program:

  • Noon not a Sound by Julia Adolphe & text by Christopher Santiago
    featuring Victoria Fox (mezzo-soprano) & Lisa Sylvester (piano)
  • This eye awakened by Jordan Nelson & text by Neil Aitken
    featuring Chelsea Chaves (soprano) & Lisa Sylvester (piano)
  • Credo Juhi Bansal & text by Neil Aitken
    featuring Lesley Baird (mezzo-soprano)
  • Thoughts and Prayers* Bryan Curt Kostors & text by various found sources, including Twitter
    featuring Matthew Miles (tenor) & Bryan Kostors (live electronics)
  • Arson Sarah Gibson & text by Jackson Bliss
    featuring Chelsea Chaves (soprano) • Sarah Gibson (piano)
  • Letter to the Unknown Wife Jeffrey Parola & text by Neil Aitken
    David Castillo (baritone) & Lisa Sylvester (piano)
  • I am Ceceilia Thomas Kotcheff & text by Douglas Manuel
    featuring Alina Roitstein (soprano) & Lisa Sylvester (piano)
  • The Barcelona Inside Me* Sarah Gibson & text by Robin Becker
    featuring Victoria Fox (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Otto (French Horn), & Sarah Gibson (piano)
  • Enchantress of Numbers* Juhi Bansal & text by Neil Aitken
    featuring Alina Roitstein (soprano)& Lisa Sylvester (piano)
  • Hélas* Jeffrey Parola & text by Oscar Wilde
    featuring David Castillo (baritone)& Lisa Sylvester (piano)
  • A Slow Silent Walk* Jordan Nelson & text from Sparks from the Wheel with text by Thomas Hardy & Henry David Thoreau
    featuring Victoria Fox (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Otto (French Horn), & Sarah Gibson (piano)
  • A Laugh is no Kinging Matter* Julia Adolphe & text by Stephanie Fleischmann
    featuring James Hayden (baritone) & Lisa Sylvester, piano
  • The Abandoned Hive by Bryan Curt Kostors & text by Michelle Brittan
    • I. On Becoming a Statue
    • II. The Abandoned Hive
    • III. On Waking When You’re Already Leaving

    featuring Alina Roitstein (soprano), Chelsea Chaves (soprano), Lesley Baird (mezzo-soprano), Matthew Miles (tenor), David Castillo (baritone), Sarah Gibson (piano), & Lisa Sylvester (conductor)

*Premiere