A Symphony for Perth

Between the Desert and the Deep Blue Sea: A Symphony for Perth was composed from October 2013 to February 2014 for Carolyn Kuan and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, on commission from the Perth International Arts Festival. The 25-minute work is a musical, sonic portrait of Perth and surrounding areas, and was created in collaboration …

Death and the Powers Preview Series

Here's the complete preview series in one convenient package. Each section includes a synopsis of that scene, a short video excerpt, and the full text of Robert Pinsky's libretto. These are a great way for audiences to prepare to see the live performance. Series Intro and Prologue Memory Download Scene 1: Simon and the System …

Preview: Scene 6 – The World Reacts

A new, stranger atmosphere: Miranda, Nicholas, and Evvy are apparently accustomed to it.  Evvy is now wearing headphones, swaying a little as if to music, nodding and tilting her head as though channeling Simon’s presence.  A delegation from the outside world—composed of The United Way, The United Nations, and The Administration—arrives and wishes to speak …

Preview: Scene 3 – Getting to Know You

Time has passed.  The System is humming—in quiet mode—resting.  Miranda and Nicholas are in the room, as the walls continue to stir mysteriously, enticingly.  It becomes an animated environment, expressive of Simon’s physical presence.  Nicholas assures Miranda that it truly is Simon in The System.  Nicholas displays his own mechanical arm and explains to Miranda …

Preview: Scene 2 – System Soliloquy

Simon gradually transmogrifies into The System.  The physical environment subtly takes on many of Simon’s characteristics, moving and vibrating as if he were alive.  Simon’s voice is heard in short phrases and fragments (“Remember. No matter the matter—I did that.”) that capture the essence of his life’s memories, feelings and experiences.  By the end of …