Greetings Arts Enthusiast!
Preparations are underway for our October concerts and we are thrilled to present this program. The ‘Artist Spotlight’ series returns in this newsletter, featuring composer Dan Shore. Read on for updates on our fundraising drive, as well as information on an opportunity for businesses to purchase ad space in our October program.
To date, we have raised $2,100 of our $4,500 goal! Thank you to all who have donated thus far and continue to support our mission to share art song. Please consider becoming a supporter of Calliope’s Call today! You will be listed on both the concert program and on the website according to the following:
$2,000 + Angel
For donation instructions, please refer to our “Support the Call” page. Thank you all for your support!
Ad Space Opportunity
Calliope’s Call is offering ad space to businesses in our October concert program to help support local business as well as assist in funding expenses for our first concert. Options for ad space include:
|Business Card (3.5” x 2”)
|Quarter Page (2.5” x 4”)
|Banner (6” x 2”)
|Half page (horizontal) (6” x 3.5”)
|Half page (vertical) (3” x 7.5”)
|Full page (6” x 7.5”)
Please help us spread the word to local businesses that might like to take advantage of this advertising opportunity through supporting the arts and live music!
Meet Composer, Dan Shore!
Dan Shore is an opera composer and playwright whose many works for the stage include The Beautiful Bridegroom (first prize, National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Competition), An Embarrassing Position (first prize, National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera Competition, and a Big Easy Entertainment Award), Travel (first prize, Astoria Performing Arts Center Playwriting Contest), Anne Hutchinson, The Chorus Girl, and the forthcoming Lady Orchid and Freedom Ride. Recent concert works include commissions from Musaica, Duo Cantabrigia, the Rivers School Conservatory, and the Freisinger Chamber Orchestra. An alumnus of the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and a Fulbright scholar, Dan holds a B.M. and M.M. from the New England Conservatory and a Ph.D. from the City University of New York. His teachers include Lee Hyla, Malcom Peyton, Scott Wheeler, Andy Pape, David Del Tredici, and Tina Howe. Former faculty at Xavier University of Louisiana, Baruch College, and Emerson College, Dan is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. He is also the official page turner of Opera del West.
Q & A with Dan Shore
1. Who is your favorite composer?
Ooh, that’s a tough one! There are so many. Definitely Beethoven, Schubert, Ives, Prokofiev, and Bernstein. Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Ernest Bloch, who taught Roger Sessions, who taught my teachers David Del Tredici and Malcolm Peyton, who taught my teachers Scott Wheeler and Lee Hyla. Also on the list are the great opera composers and the great songwriters from the Golden Age of Broadway: Berlin, Kern, Rodgers, Arlen, Gershwin, Styne, Loesser, and Porter.
2. When you need to ‘wind-down’, what music do you listen to?
When I finished my Ph.D. dissertation, I listened to nothing but Pete Seeger for about six months.
3. What or who inspires your creative process?
I’m an opera composer, so I tend to think in terms of story and character. If I get a commission for a purely instrumental piece, or something like this, where I’m setting poetry, I usually have to find a way to re-imagine it as a dramatic scenario before I can start writing.
4. Where are you from? If you could choose anywhere on the planet to live, where would it be and why?
I grew up in Allentown, PA, land of the polka and the all-night diner. I’ll live anywhere with running water as long as my wife is there. But it would be nice to be on the ocean. And close to Fenway Park. And within walking distance of an all-night diner.
5. What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you in a performance?
The funniest? I’m not sure. But here’s a favorite.
The first children’s musical my friend Andy and I wrote together was Fables: The Musical! back in 1992, right after we graduated from high school. We had a cast of about thirty kids, ages six through eight. And we had taught them the first rule of the theater, which is, whatever happens, the show must go on. So we were in a dress rehearsal—not a performance, mind you, just a dress rehearsal—and one of the girls had terrible food poisoning and projectile vomited bad cottage cheese all over the stage and the rest of the cast. AND THEY ALL KEPT SINGING. Incidentally, the youngest kid on stage grew up to a movie star: Dane DeHaan.
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Founder & Artistic Director of Calliope's Call