NEW YORK - [7 NOVEMBER 2013] Salon / Sanctuary Concerts presents More Between Heavenand Earth starring Campbell Scott and Melissa Errico. Directed and with a script by Erica Gould, the site-specific music-theatre production will be staged on Sunday, 8 December 2013 at 8pm at Fraunces Tavern at 54 Pearl Street, the oldest structure in Manhattan, built in 1719. For tickets and more information about the performance, including a post-show dinner with the artists, go to http://www.salonsanctuary.org, or call 1 888 718-4253
Campbell Scott plays Thomas Jefferson and Melissa Errico reprises her role as the stunning and trailblazing 18th century Italian singer, composer, and painter Maria Cosway in More Between Heaven and Earth, an original music-theatre work. Sparks flew between the widowed Jefferson and the recently married Maria Cosway when they met in Paris, and their passionate correspondence lasted for almost 40 years. More Between Heaven and Earth incorporates the text of that correspondence, music Maria and Jefferson heard together in Paris, and songs--sung by Errico--that Maria herself composed for Jefferson. Errico and Scott will be joined by soprano Jessica Gould, tenor Tony Boutté, and chamber orchestra for the environmentally staged performance, directed and with a script by Erica Gould and produced by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, to take place at the historic 18th century Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District. The oldest surviving structure in Manhattan, Fraunces Tavern housed the US Dept of Foreign Affairs when Jefferson was Secretary of State, and is the actual building where Jefferson wrote some of the letters used in the script. The performance promises to be an exciting and intimate evening that brings to vivid life the passionate, moving, and star-crossed relationship of Jefferson and Cosway, the turbulence of the French Revolution, and Jefferson's revolutionary views about the role of religion in American society. A treat for lovers of history, romance, politics, and music. Musical selections include works by Corelli, Cosway, Duphly, Hewitt, and Sacchini, including arias and sinfonias from the 1786 Sacchini opera Dardanus. Never performed before in the United States, the editions of the opera used in this performance were prepared from the original 1786 score housed in the Weiner Music Library of Columbia University.
ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES Campbell Scott NY Theatre: The Atheist, Long Day's Journey Into Night, Ah! Wilderness, Pericles, Measure For Measure, Hay Fever, The Real Thing, A Man For All Seasons, On The Bum. Regional Theatre: Our Town,Hamlet, Dead End, Miss Julie, Othello, School For Wives, Gillette. TV and Film: Royal Pains, Damages, Six Degrees; Longtime Companion, The Sheltering Sky, Dying Young, Singles, Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle, The Spanish Prisoner, The Daytrippers, Roger Dodger, The Secret Lives Of Dentists, Duma, The Dying Gaul, and recently The Amazing Spiderman 1 and 2, and Still Mine; Big Night and Hamlet (also co-director); Final and Off The Map (as director); Company Retreat (writer and director).
Melissa Errico is currently shooting a recurring role on the new Cinemax series "The Knick" with Clive Owen, directed by Stephen Soderbergh which will air in 2014. This year, Melissa was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for her performance as Clara in the critically acclaimed revival of "Passion" by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. She has also been seen in guest starring roles on "Blue Bloods" and "The Good Wife." She has played leading ladies on Broadway in My Fair Lady, Dracula, White Christmas, Anna Karenina, Amour (Tony Award nomination for Best Actress), High Society and Les Miserables. Off-Broadway: Importance of Being Earnest, Major Barbara and Candida. Solo CDs include Blue Like That (EMI) and "Melissa Errico- Legrand Affair" conducted by Michel Legrand and produced by Phil Ramone. Melissa has an extensive musical history as a concert performer, and was seen this season at Symphony Space, Wolf Trap and The Tilles Center. She has three daughters, is married to Patrick McEnroe and lives in Little Italy, NYC. Visit www.melissaerrico.com
Erica Gould 's directing credits include the world premieres of Neil LaBute's plays autobahn and Stand Up (with Mos Def), On Point: From Sword Fight to Pas de Deux, a new dance-theatre piece that she developed in collaboration with dancers from The New York City Ballet (Salon/Sanctuary), SpeakEasy by Rajiv Joseph, Theresa Rebeck, others (Joe's Pub/Public Theater), the US premiere of Me Cago en Dios by Inigo Ramirez de Haro (La MaMa), Max and the Truffle Pig (NYMF), Dirty Paki Lingerie, which she developed with writer/solo performer Aizzah Fatima (Cherry Lane, 59E59, The Flea, Toronto, Edinburgh), and numerous productions of Shakespeare.Upcoming in 2014: her site-specific production of John Gay's vicious, political comic masterpiece, The Beggar's Opera. Erica is also a fight choreographer, and may be heard, along with Rick Sordelet, on the SDCF/American Theatre Wing Masters of the Stage podcast on Physical Staging and Fight Direction ( americantheatrewing.org).
Soprano Jessica Gould has been noted for "a dramatic intensity that honored the texts" (The New York Times), for “expansive range, coloratura facility, and multi-hued, powerful sound” (Seen and Heard International) “astonishing ornaments and passaggi, executed to perfection” (Lute News, UK), and “crystalline sounds” and for having “reached the heart of an enraptured English audience'” (Traditional Music Maker, UK). Her programming has been praised as “highly original” (The New York Times) and “impeccably curated” (Time Out New York). With actor Roger Rees and the Paul Dresher Ensemble she can be heard on the New World Records CD Tell the Birds, while chamber music performances include The Clarion Society, Sinfonia New York, The Four Nations Ensemble, The Virginia Arts Festival, The Guggenheim Works & Process Series with The Cassatt Quartet, and The Beinecke Library at Yale University. Numerous appearances abroad include the Festival Martedì in Arte at the Palazzo Davanzati, the Museo di Arte Sacra in Tuscany, the Library of the Museo di San Marco of Florence with Musica Ricercata and lutenist Andrea Damiani, and the UK Lute Society. Operatic performances include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Herz in The Impresario, the title role of Handel’s Semele under the direction of Ken-David Masur, and Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina. As Founder and Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, her many original programs featuring repertoire from the 8th to 18th centuries have garnered generous foundation awards and consistent critical praise. Her manifold roles within the series include writer, music researcher, and translator.
Tenor Boutté has appeared in a wide range of roles, including Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Acis in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, and Gandhi in the Philip Glass opera Satyagraha. As an oratorio and concert singer, Mr. Boutté has performed with Les Arts Florissants, Tafelmusik, Les Talens Lyriques, Opera Lafayette, the Washington Bach Consort, the New York Collegium, Violons du Roy, Boston Baroque, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Musica Angelica, among others. Numerous premieres include John Eaton’s Benjamin Button (Symphony Space,) Michael Gordon’s Chaos, Betsy Jolas’s Motet III, Bang on a Can Festival’s Carbon Copy Building, Philip Glass’s In the Penal Colony, and Arjuna’s Dilemma by Douglas Cuomo (Brooklyn Academy of Music). Recordings range from Bach’s St. John Passion (Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra) and operas by Lully (Armide) and Sacchini (Oedipe à Colone) to world premiere recordings of Carbon Copy Building and Arjuna’s Dilemma. Festival appearances include Salzburg, Aspen, Bard, Schleswig-Holstien, Settembre, Aldeburgh, Versailles Autumn Festival and Tage Alte Muzik Regensburg. He is currently on the voice faculty of University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and co-directs ARCANUM, a baroque ensemble based in Miami, FL. Upcoming recordings include works by de la Guerre and Philidor.
SALON / SANCTUARY Founded by Artistic Director Jessica Gould in 2009, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts offers the special chance to hear pre-Romantic music in intimate venues that complement the historical context of the repertoire. Pleased to present special projects that cast a light on historical issues through the prism of music, Salon/Sanctuary takes pride in many special interdisciplinary performances featuring luminaries from the worlds of opera, theater, film, and dance. The series has garnered critical praise for its innovative programming, and continues to attract a diverse audience for its path breaking offerings. Past and future soloists on Salon / Sanctuary include countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, soprano Julianne Baird, violinists Monica Huggett, Robert Mealy, and Cynthia Roberts, oboist Gonzalo Ruiz, Harpsichordists Bradley Brookshire, Jory Vinikour, and Kenneth Weiss, NYCB principal dancers Jared Angel and Megan LeCrone, and actors Kathleen Chalfant, Melissa Errico, Ethan Peck, Campbell Scott, and Matthew Modine.
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