Modern opera with an old soul

first_imgYou could never accuse Matt Aucoin ’12 of lacking creativity. Among the young artistic marvel’s many College accomplishments were a prize for his senior thesis — a poetry collection — and a fellowship to study conducting at La Scala in Milan. Now he is returning to the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) with his latest venture — a fusion of music, song, and dance.Similar to the A.R.T.’s drive to “expand the boundaries of theater,” the mission of the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) is to “reimagine the experience of opera from conception to performance.”Pianist-composer Matt Aucoin ’12 returns to Harvard and the A.R.T. as co-artistic director of the American Modern Opera Company.“We define opera as the point where every artistic discipline collides,” said Aucoin, a pianist-composer and co-artistic director of the company, which is made up of 17 dancers, musicians, choreographers, directors, and composers in their 20s and 30s who are “the ungodly offspring of a traveling theater troupe, a rock band, and a new-music ensemble,” according to the AMOC website.While the concept and name are modern, the company honors opera’s deep history, Aucoin explained by phone from his home in California, where he is artist in residence with the Los Angeles Opera.“At its heart, opera is this idealistic striving toward the union of all the human senses,” he said. “That was the kind of crazy ambition of the people in 17th-century Florence who first tried to make this happen.”Behind the company’s founding ethos, Aucoin added, “was the idea that it was possible to pay deep attention to not just the music, not just the poetry, not just the sets … but to treat it holistically.”That approach will be on view Dec. 15-18 during “Run AMOC!” at the Loeb Drama Center, Oberon, and the Harvard Dance Center. Performances in the festival will include “Were You There,” a tribute to victims of police brutality featuring bass-baritone Davóne Tines ’09 singing spirituals and a new composition by Aucoin, and “A Study on Effort,” a mix of music and motion with dancer Bobbi Jene Smith and violinist Keir GoGwilt.Creating an ensemble that could develop artistic connections while breaking new ground has long been a goal for Aucoin. The transient nature of the opera circuit, which requires singers and musicians to perform each month with different collaborators, and the rush to perfect new works with union-controlled orchestras on tight schedules has frustrated the young composer.,“It’s difficult to forge really deep artistic relationships in this world,” said Aucoin. “And I knew who my closest friends and favorite colleagues were, and so I wanted to gather a bunch of them together and make stuff.”One of those friends is Zack Winokur, choreographer, dancer, Juilliard graduate, and co-artistic director of AMOC. He and Aucoin grew up only a few miles apart in suburban Boston, but never met until they were introduced in their mid-20s at a lunch hosted by a mutual friend. The connection was instant.“He felt like an artistic soul brother,” said Aucoin, “and here we are.” “We define opera as the point where every artistic discipline collides.” Matt Aucoin Juilliard, the famed New York conservatory, is one artistic thread that runs through the company (Aucoin has a graduate diploma in composition from the school). Harvard, whose robust arts scene has inspired many students to pursue creative careers, is another.Tines took part in the Dunster House Opera Society (today Harvard College Opera), and was also president of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra. The singer appeared in Aucoin’s “Crossing,” which premiered in Boston in 2015 under the direction of the A.R.T.’s Diane Paulus, and most recently with the San Francisco Opera’s premiere of “Girls of the Golden West,” by composer John Adams ’69, A.M. ’72, and librettist Peter Sellars ’80.AMOC’s managing director is Jennifer Chen ’11, who served as general manager of the Bach Society Orchestra at Harvard. She met Aucoin while working on the Dunster House Opera Society’s staging of Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress.” The Harvard production remains a favorite among those she’s played a part in, said Chen, and was a “testament to both what students are able to achieve and what a container the University is for allowing students to do so.”,“A lot of these collaborations that germinated during that time have clearly lived on,” Chen added, “and these are people who I am still working with this many years later.”Chen landed a job at the Boston Symphony Orchestra after graduation. Soon after, a project at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, where Aucoin was a resident artist, led to a reunion. That collaboration, Chen said, was a “prelude to AMOC.”“Through that process I was evaluating what my next career step would be and decided to go to business school to gain some of the hard skills and a different perspective of what our work was in the arts,” said Chen who got involved with AMOC during her second year at the Yale School of Management, in 2016, and came on full-time after graduating this past May.Company members share a vision for what the future of opera can be, Aucoin said, and have been “working in the world long enough both to get the lay of the land and to form opinions about what might be done better.”And for the composer and his fellow artists, better can take many shapes and forms.“A piece of ours [may] just have a violinist and a dancer and yet for us we hope that the way we stage it will feel like opera, for me in the way that some of the later Beckett plays feel like opera because they make you so intensely aware of pure sound and gesture,” said Aucoin.AMOC will be back on campus Feb. 23 through March 4, leading workshops and performances and engaging with students during a 10-day residency sponsored by the Office for the Arts and the Office of the Dean of Arts and Humanities.“We are just going to make ourselves available and will be doing the work that we would be doing otherwise,” said Aucoin, “but with the doors wide open.”last_img read more

League takes action against website

first_img Press Association Sport understands the governing body – which agreed a new worldwide television deal worth around £5.5billion over three years to start with the new season – is in the process of requesting a court order which would force ISPs to effectively ban their customers from accessing, a website based in Sweden. The moves follow on from those made by the music and film industries, which have successfully blocked websites which offer the opportunity to download copyrighted material, such as Pirate Bay, under Section 97 of the 1988 Copyright, Design and Patent Act. BT is to move into the live broadcast market for the 2013-14 season, having paid £246million to the Premier League for three years – and is set to offer free access to their live sports offerings to its broadband subscribers. Sky also acts as an ISP, and has invested £760million in their football coverage for the next three seasons. Press Association Sport understands the Premier League has already written to the major UK ISPs, which also include Virgin Media and TalkTalk, to outline its plans to apply for a court order to block, which are expected to be put forwards by the end of the month. Should the court order be granted, the ISPs would then have to contest the application, or comply and restrict access. It is understood indications are the ISPs have no plans to go against any such application. The Premier League has for many years monitored various websites during live matches and enforced the removal of any streaming content which breaches copyright. The Premier League is to take legal action to make internet service providers block a website which streams live football matches.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ambulance involved in Letterkenny road smash

first_imgEmergency services are at the scene of a collision between an ambulance and a car in Letterkenny.The incident occurred on the busy Port Road outside Letterkenny IT after 2.30pm this Thursday afternoon.Road collision on Port Road Letterkenny, 7th March 2019No injuries have been reported, however both vehicles were significantly damaged and the car has mounted the footpath. Gardaí are currently attending the scene. Traffic is moving as normal in the area.  Ambulance involved in Letterkenny road smash was last modified: March 11th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Ebuni | Wide Comb French Beak Hair Clip – Best hair clip ever

first_imgSize (approx max dimensions): 12cm x 5cm x 4cm The confidence hair clip Happy with my purchase SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-09-13 02:01:50Reviewed Item Ebuni | Wide Comb French Beak Hair Clip with Teeth – Tortoiseshell (Brown)Rating 4.4 / 5  stars, based on  7  reviews Quality metal spring Strong Glossy Plastic with hand applied finish Really secure clip Colour: Tortoiseshell / Brown Features of Ebuni | Wide Comb French Beak Hair Clip with Teeth – Tortoiseshell (Brown)Made in FranceStrong Glossy Plastic with hand applied finishQuality metal springColour: Tortoiseshell / BrownSize (approx max dimensions): 12cm x 5cm x 4cmMade in France Works really well even on my slippery fine hair. I twist my hair and then it doesnt slide out. This would be too big if i didnt have a lot of fine hair, but would also be big enough for at least a half up style on very thick hair. Its quite big, so check the dimensions before buying. High quality and large enough , love it. Expencive but worth the money. I love this hair clip so easy to use so comfortable and great for holding up my thick and heavy hair i wear this with confidence knowing my hair looks good this is a hair clip were you just have to have a spare one l love it and so well made my only let down is they don’t make them in colours other than brown shades l would love a collection of them in differant colours especially for the summer time. I struggled to find these in the shops, the dog chewed my last one so i was glad to find this. The quality is good, plastic is strong. I have just past the shoulder hair and i can twist up and put this in. It then stays up all day, no grips or spray. Much like the other spring clips with jaws but in my opinion more grown up. The best hair clip i have ever had. Its made of plastic but not the hard plastic like the most of the others so is flexible and won’t snap like the other do. It hold my hair well and my hair is think. I want to buy another one but they are unavailable. Please bring them back again. Posted on September 13, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories ClawsTags Ebunilast_img read more

Pinterest Boards for Filmmaking & Motion Design

first_imgLooking for inspiration, motion graphics or indie/DIY filmmaking tips? Don’t miss these Pinterest boards.Pinterest may be best known for fashion, architecture and DIY crafting – but have you considered it as a resource for getting motion design and video inspiration?In this post, we share a few of our favorite Pinterest Boards for video pros. Follow them to keep up with the latest products, news and tutorials for filmmaking, motion design and video production.Are you already a Pinterest user? Jump down to Pinterest Boards for Filmmaking & Motion Design. Not hip to Pinterest? Here’s a quick rundown…Pinterest is a social bookmarking site with a bulletin board interface. Users have Boards where they organize their ‘Pins’ – interesting content from around the web. Pinterest defines Pins as “handsome little bookmarks. Whenever you find something on the web that you want to keep, add it to Pinterest”. Boards are organized by topic and can be made either public or private.Create your own boards or follow other users boards and share them via email. What I like about Pinterest is that it is visual and similar to using a digital lightbox. Find videos, articles and images that you like. When you click on them in Pinterest it takes you to where they ‘live’ online. I find this easier and more organic than searching blog posts on a website.More and more filmmakers are using Pinterest to promote their websites/projects and to collect images/videos that inspire them.Corporate Guerrilla Videohas a helpful post on “6 Ways Video and Filmmakers Can Use Pinterest”. It’s worth checking out. Also, there is a series on social marketing here that shares good tips for promoting your film project on Pinterest. Now, let’s get on to the boards…Pinterest Boards for Filmmaking & Motion DesignBunthol Kim, Chad Mercree, and Edgar Yagui extensively cover motion design and graphic design. From animations to reels and cinematography, there is some great content here. Stephan HülsenFollow On CheesycamCheesycam is a blog for DIY photography and video projects. They also have a Pinterest Board, where you can check out links to articles and videos.CheesyCamFollow On Roger DuckRoger Duck is a Canadian video producer. Roger covers a wide range of filmmaking interests. I particularly like his Board of filmmaking infographics. He shares much of this content on Twitter as well. He’s def worth a follow.Digital Duck Inc.Follow On Guerilla FilmmakingGuerilla Filmmaking is the Pinterest Board of Martin Taylor, an English filmmaker living in San Francisco. He pins a lot of “How Tos” and interviews with filmmakers.Martin TaylorGuerrilla FilmmakingFollow On CinescopophiliaCinescopophilia is into filmmaking gear and shares posts from their blog.CinescopophiliaFollow On Audio-Visual ExcellenceJames Zwadlo and Elliot Howard focus on advertising, compositing and motion graphics. Their Pins focus on commercials, title sequences, and animation.James ZwadloAUDIO-VISUAL EXCELLENCEFollow On Motion VFXMotion VFX  has a board focused on visual effects, covering gear and plugins.Follow’s board motionVFX Blog on Pinterest. Digital Cinema ToolsThierry Saint-Paul blogs about digital cinema. His Pinterest content ranges from new gear to filmmaking techniques. His Pinterest Board features videos and posts from his site.Thierry Saint-PaulDigital Cinema ToolsFollow On Do you have any favorite Pinterest boards that would interest filmmakers, video producers or motion designers? Share them in the comments!last_img read more

Extra forces deployed in Kashmir after deadly clashes

first_imgExtra forces were on Wednsesday deployed in sensitive areas of Kashmir Valley where normal life was disrupted due to a strike called by separatists to protest the killing of civilians during a clash with security forces.In view of the situation, Kashmir University, Central University Kashmir and Islamic University of Science and Technology have postponed all examinations scheduled for today.Three civilians were killed and 18 others were injured on Tuesady as security forces clashed with stone—pelters trying to disrupt an anti—militancy operation which ended with the killing of a militant in Budgam district of Kashmir.Officials said on Wednseday that most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations were shut in the summer capital here in view of the strike, while educational institutions remained closed in the city, the officials said.They said public transport was minimal, while private cars, cabs and auto—rickshaws were plying in some areas of the city.Similar reports of shutdown were received from most other district headquarters of the Valley, the officials said.They said extra deployment of security forces has been made in sensitive areas like Chadoora, in central Kashmir’s Budgam district — where the killings took place – as well as in downtown areas of the city here to maintain law and order.The separatists, including chairmen of both Hurriyat factions – Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Omar Farooq and JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik, yesterday asked people to observe a shutdown today to protest the killings.They also asked the people to hold protests after congregational prayers on Friday.last_img read more

Maria Sharapova awarded main draw wildcard at US Open

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova will make her first Grand Slam appearance in over 18 months after she was awarded a main draw wildcard for the upcoming US Open, the tournament organisers confirmed on Tuesday.The 30-year-old Russian, who returned from a 15-month doping ban earlier this year, was denied a wildcard at the French Open before she missed the grasscourt season, including Wimbledon, with a thigh injury.Sharapova’s US Open preparations have been disrupted by an arm injury suffered during her first round win over Jennifer Brady earlier this month.The world number 148 was forced to withdraw from the Rogers Cup and the ongoing Cincinnati Open as a precautionary measure ahead of the final grand slam of the year.The US Open runs from August 28 to September 10 at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows, New York.last_img read more

Main Building at Cornwall Regional to Be Evacuated This Weekend

first_img “We think things should be a bit easier now despite the logistical challenges of multiple locations, and we can now get on with the business of going full throttle in terms of restoration of the main building, hopefully, through the end of this year when we can see a renewed Cornwall Regional hospital,” he said. Dr. Tufton explained that the evacuation will enable the completion of repairs in a more efficient manner, while allowing nurses and doctors to operate in a more comfortable environment. Story Highlights Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the main building of the Cornwall Regional Hospital should be fully evacuated by this weekend into Monday (April 9).Patients and staff will be relocated to the Falmouth Regional Hospital in the neighbouring parish of Trelawny.Dr. Tufton explained that the evacuation will enable the completion of repairs in a more efficient manner, while allowing nurses and doctors to operate in a more comfortable environment.“What that (the evacuation) will do in terms of the work on the main building is allow us a free hand to really go in and to gut and remove those parts of the building that require removal, without the risk of recontamination or contamination of other areas where work is taking place, and so the issues as a result of the air quality would not arise,” he explained.“We think things should be a bit easier now despite the logistical challenges of multiple locations, and we can now get on with the business of going full throttle in terms of restoration of the main building, hopefully, through the end of this year when we can see a renewed Cornwall Regional hospital,” he said.“So, we should be in a position this weekend, into Monday the very latest, to (accommodate) the doctors and nurses, many of whom will be transferred or relocated from Cornwall Regional,” he added.Dr. Tufton was speaking during a tour of Cornwall Regional on April 5, following a visit to the Falmouth Hospital.He informed that Falmouth Hospital has been renovated to increase the number of operating theatres from two to four, and an additional section is being refurbished to accommodate patients who require surgery. The 87-bed facility is being equipped with 55 additional beds.Dr. Tufton said, further, that efforts will be made to extend surgery hours from around 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.He, however, explained that due to the time-sensitive nature of some medical cases, a surgery team will remain at the Mount Salem clinic, which was renovated to house a temporary operating theatre to accommodate accident and emergency cases.Dr. Tufton advised that the Cornwall Regional Hospital is not closed and is still offering its services to the public.“I want to reiterate that the hospital is still open for business. The services of Cornwall Regional Hospital continues… . What we have, then, is Cornwall Regional’s services being provided up to about 80 per cent of normal capacity in multiple locations, which is quite challenging, but, nevertheless, providing for those who require it, particularly those who require it under emergency circumstances,” he said.In the meanwhile, Minister Tufton said Falmouth Hospital stands to benefit from the renovations that are being made to accommodate patients and staff from Cornwall Regional.“Falmouth is benefiting from the adjustments that have had to be made, so at the end of it all, assuming Cornwall is restored to normality, Falmouth will be a much better hospital with more capacity, and, by extension, the people of Falmouth will benefit,” he said.Dr. Tufton also underscored his gratitude for the sacrifice the doctors and nurses have made over the past months.“It has been a very difficult situation for them. They have had to deal with an environment that has been harsh, but they have risen to the call of duty, and I certainly want to express my appreciation on behalf of the Government and, indeed, the people of western Jamaica, for their commitment and service,” he said. Minister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the main building of the Cornwall Regional Hospital should be fully evacuated by this weekend into Monday (April 9).last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,039.26, down 42.83 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 60 cents, or 14.85 per cent, to $4.64 on 39.02 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 63 cents, or 3.26 per cent, to $19.98 on 9.3 million shares.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up 41 cents, or 14.64 per cent, to $3.21 on 6.04 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, 1.11 per cent, to $14.28 on 5.4 million shares.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE). Oil and gas. Up two cents, 1.32 per cent, to $1.53 on 3.9 million shares.NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX:NXE). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 3.62 per cent, to $2.93 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.24 per cent, to $46.30 on 1.9 million shares. The company is considering adding a 30,000- to 40,000-barrel-per-day bitumen-only project to its Horizon oilsands mine to take advantage of excess ore production and pipeline capacity. The proposed project could be approved as early as 2019 and would continue a trend in the sector to bolt on brownfield production to avoid the high costs and risks of building new mines from scratch.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Down 27 cents, or 1.17 per cent, to $22.71 on 444,246 shares. Ontario’s largest electricity distributor says its third-quarter profit was down six per cent from last year as a result of costs associated with the proposed $6.7-billion acquisition of Avista Corp., a U.S. utility company based in Spokane, Wash. Profit attributable to common shareholders was $219 million (37 cents per share), down from $233 million (40 cents per share) last year. Excluding the costs associated with Avista, Hydro One’s adjusted profit was up two per cent at $237 million.last_img read more

3 Miss America officials resign 1 apologizes to exwinner

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The top leadership of the Miss America Organization, implicated in an email scandal that targeted past pageant winners for abuse based on their appearance, intellect and sex lives, resigned on Saturday, with the outgoing president apologizing to a winner whose weight he ridiculed.The president, Josh Randle, told The Associated Press his comment responding to an email to his private account about the physical appearance of 2013 winner Mallory Hagan came months before he started working for the Miss America Organization in 2015. But he said it was wrong.“I apologize to Mallory for my lapse in judgment,” Randle said on Saturday. “It does not reflect my values or the values I worked to promote at the Miss America Organization. Although this terrible situation was not caused or driven by me, in light of recent events and new developments, I am no longer willing to continue in my capacity as president and earlier today offered my resignation to the MAO Board of Directors.”Randle said his resignation was voluntary and had not been requested by the board of Miss America, which is based in Atlantic City.Hagan did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the resignations of Randle, CEO Sam Haskell and Chairman Lynn Weidner. But on her Facebook page, she posted a message asking anyone who was warned away from her to come forward and send her a direct message, in what might be a precursor to legal action against the Miss America Organization or its former officers regarding her post-Miss America work as a pageant interview coach.“If you have ever been told to not work with me, communicate with me, hire me, etc. Will you send me a DM?” she wrote.The scandal began Thursday, when the Huffington Post published leaked emails showing pageant officials ridiculing past Miss Americas, including crass and sometimes vulgar comments about them.The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died and others that speculated about how many sex partners Hagan has had.Randle noted that the worst communications were exchanged in 2013 and 2014, years before he joined the Miss America Organization, and said the article’s implication of “complicit participation on my part in a years long array of inappropriate email communication” is untrue.Haskell’s resignation is effective immediately, while Randle and Weidner will remain for a few weeks to help with a leadership transition. Dan Meyers, who had been vice chairman of the board, was named interim chairman.The organization announced the resignations a day after dozens of former Miss Americas, including Hagan, signed a petition calling on the group’s leadership to step down because of the emails.The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year. Dick Clark Productions told the AP on Thursday that it cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them “appalling.”Also on Saturday, one of the main recipients of fundraising from the Miss America Organization said it was reviewing its association with Miss America. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals said it was “conducting an immediate review of the situation and will take appropriate actions.”And New Jersey officials are reviewing their Miss America Organization contract, in which the state still owes $4 million toward the cost of next year’s pageant.___Follow Wayne Parry at read more