7:30 PM
The Brooklyn Historical Society
128 Pierrepont St, Brooklyn

The BEAT Festival
Two Sides Sounding: 
The Unsung City

Eleanor Taylor, soprano
Brandon Snook, tenor
Daniel Neer, baritone
Jorell Williams, baritone
Mila Henry, piano
Lynn Bechtold, violin
Jennifer DeVore, cello
Ted Gorodetzky, director and
          multimedia composition

On our first appearance with Brooklyn's own BEAT Festival, Two Sides Sounding sings the stories of everyday heroes fighting the system in NYC. Featuring the world premiere of Daniel Felsenfeld's  Bruce Bailey, an “urban cantata” on the life and times of the late 1980’s tenants’ rights activist,  the world premiere of Ellen Mandel's poignant and introspective song cycle HAIKU NYC,  and the opera scene "Stop & Frisk" by Sidney Marquez Boquiren, a look at two childhood friends in conflict over a police incident (all three pieces have texts by Daniel Neer.) The multimedia performance includes previously unseen archival photographs of Bruce Bailey’s activism.   Performance is followed by a talkback with the creators of ‘Bruce Bailey,’ and a discussion of Bailey’s legacy and the issue of affordable housing then and now.

Jorell Williams and Brandon Snook in "Stop & Frisk" with TSS, at the Actors Fund Arts Center, May 2014

Music by Sidney Marquez Boquiren, Daniel FelsenfeldDaron Hagen, Gabriel Kahane, Ellen MandelRay Lustig, Gilda Lyons, Rachel Peters and William Bolcom.

Tickets: $20, available here.
This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. In Kings County the Decentralization Program is administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.


Eleanor Taylor and Daniel Neer in an excerpt from "Bruce Bailey" at the Actors Fund Arts Center, May 2014

Photos by Scott Friedlander

12 Noon
East New York Farmer's Market
Schenck Ave. (between New Lots and Livonia Aves.), Brooklyn

The BEAT Festival
Two Sides Sounding

TSS performs the opera scene Stop and Frisk, a look at two childhood friends in conflict over a police incident, by Sidney Marquez Boquiren and Daniel Neer. Stop and Frisk is Scene I of the opera Independence Eve, which is currently in development under the auspices of American Opera Projects, Brooklyn, New York. Stop and Frisk was fostered during AOP’s 2011-12 “Composers & the Voice” program. Featuring performances by tenor Brandon Snook, baritone Jorell Williams and pianist Mila Henry, with stage direction by Ted Gorodetzky. This performance will take place on the main stage at the East New York Farmer’s Market.