The Sacred and The Sardonic

World Premieres of Two Remarkable Vocal Works

Donor Preview: MusicaNova Salon Concert, April 8 at 7 PM
World Premiere: MusicaNova Collaborative Concert, April 10 at 3 PM

Five Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Op. 29 by Evan C. Paul (2011)

Reverent Roman Catholics venerate an apparition, or appearance, of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, as a wondrous event.  Reported apparitions are formally recognized by the church when it is “bearing good fruit and … leads pilgrims to Jesus.”

Evan Paul’s song cycle celebrates five of the best known apparitions with settings of the four Marian Antiphons as well as the Ave Maria, set for tenor and baritone voices, viola, and piano.

  1. Alma Redemptoris Mater (Our Lady of Lourdes)
  2. Ave Maria (Our Lady of La Salette)
  3. Salve Regina (Our Lady of Akita)
  4. Regina Coeli (Our Lady of Fátima)
  5. Ave Regina (Our Lady of Guadalupe)

Click here for the complete program notes for Five Apparitions.
Click here for more information on the composer Evan C. Paul.

Click here for more information on the artists:

  • Paul Nicosia, Tenor
  • Robert Altizer, Baritone
  • Graham Cohen, Viola
  • Warren Cohen, Piano

No Exit, A Comic Opera
by Warren Cohen (2016)

Based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s 1944 existentialist play of the same name, this No Exit updates the scene to the present in a Southwestern milieu and references, with music in the style of classic 18th Century comic opera.  Three deceased characters, Garcin, Inez, and Estelle, are welcomed to the afterlife by The Valet, who locks them into a room together for eternity.  Sartre’s most well-known quotation, “L’enfer, c’est les autres” (Hell is other people), is the description of the punishment of being forced to see yourself through the eyes of another for eternity.

Click here for the complete program notes for No Exit.
Click here for more information on the composer Warren Cohen.

Click here for more information on the artists:

  • Estelle Rigault, A vain and gold-digging socialite – Carolyn Whitaker, soprano
  • Inez Serrano, A lesbian postal clerk – Deborah DeSimone, mezzo-soprano
  • Joseph Garcin, An American war correspondent – Paul Nicosia, tenor
  • The Valet, Nephew of the Major-domo of Hell – Robert Altizer, baritone
  • Warren Cohen, Piano
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