Please join us for an afternoon of music at the Princeton Lakehouse on March 3O, 3-5 pm, for a workshop of the remarkable new musical UNRULY HORSES based on the life and songs of the Russian musical hero Vladimir Vysotsky. The production is being supported by the American Opera Projects (AOP) and brought to us by the Princeton Friends of the Opera (PFO). The musical performance will be followed by a reception. The event is FREE, yet donations are appreciated. Funds raised go to American Opera Projects, an organization dedicated to developing new opera and musical theater, including HEART OF DARKNESS, presented last fall at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton.
Sunday, March 30, 2008 – 3-5 PM
Location: The LakeHouse
1073 Princeton-Kingston Rd, Princeton 08540 (for directions, click on the link at the top of page)
UNRULY HORSES - Five Excerpts
MUSIC DIRECTION/ PIANO: Charity Wicks
PERFORMANCES BY: Eliza Lumley, Lucas Richter, and Michael Zegarski.
Charles Jarden (Executive Director, American Opera Projects (AOP)
Moni Yakim (theatrical writer, UNRULY HORSES)
Joel Spiegelman (composer and conductor, who has led the Moscow and Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestras; now a Princeton resident)
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE BY: Bob McMahan (PFO), piano-accordion
RECEPTION (Following the performance)
About Unruly Horses
A new musical based on the real-life Soviet Union folk hero Vladimir Vysotsky, Unruly Horses is conceived by Moni and Mina Yakim, freely based on leading French actress Marina Vlady’s best-selling memoir of her marriage and life with Vysotsky. The stage show features 24 musical numbers, with English lyrics by Peter Kellogg and Albert C Todd with musical adaptation by Larry Hochman. More info on Unruly Horses: www.operaprojects.org/Unrulyhorses
Vladimir Vysotsky (poet actor and songwriter)
His fearless confrontational works were known verbatim by millions of people in the Soviet Union, even though the national radio was forbidden to broadcast his music and his poems went unpublished until after his death at the age 40. “Vysotsky, who began performing in the 1960s, was quite critical of the Communist regime, and his lyrics took position on the Soviet status quo. His songs derived from the blatny pesny (literally, delinquent song) tradition, with its celebration of sex, drink, and street fights. Informally distributed cassettes ensured Vysotsky a wide and enthusiastic following. After his death, in 1980, Gorbachev granted his music an imprimatur and a 20-album retrospective was released. ” ~ Leon Jackson, All-Music Guide
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