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Angel’s Bone

Artist’s Praise

Intriguing in its mix of musical styles and its fantasy.
— Heidi Waleson, Wall Street Journal

…cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice…
— The New York Times, on Du Yun

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About the Show

Angel's Bone follows the plight of two fallen angels whose nostalgia for earthly delights finds them far from heaven. They are found battered and bruised by a man and his wife, known only as Mr. and Mrs. X.E., who have longed for a better life than their modest middle-class status and bring them into their home and set out to nurse them back to health: they bathe them, wash the dirt from their nails...then lock them in the root cellar and decide that this is their chance to be wealthy and legendary.

The story is told through Royce Vavrek's riveting libretto and Du Yun's eclectic music: part chamber music, theatre, pop music, opera, cabaret, and involving visual arts and noise, forming a harmonious and moving piece.

A Post-Show Conversation about Human Trafficking will follow the January 12 show.

The presentation is a co-production with Trinity Wall Street, conducted by Julian Wachner. The first chamber version of the piece was commissioned by the Mann Center for the Performing Arts.

Location: Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Place, New York, NY 10006.

Composer: Du Yun
Librettist: Royce Vavrek
Music Director: Julian Wachner

Performed by:

Jennifer Charles from Elysian Fields
Abigail Fischer
Mark Kudisch
Peter Tantsits

Andrew Baker (Tuba)
Tom Bergeron (Trumpet)
Stuart Breczinski (Oboe)
Jay Campbell (Cello)
Catherine Rose Gregory (Flute)
Romie de Guise-Langlois (Clarinet)
Ian Rosenbaum (Percussion)
Daniel Swenberg (Lute)

Artist Bio

Du Yun was born and raised in Shanghai, China and is currently based in New York City. She is an internationally-performed composer and musician. Her music exists at an artistic crossroads of chamber music, opera, orchestral, theater, cabaret, storytelling, pop music, visual arts and noise. The New York Times calls her “cutting-edge… to whom the term ‘young composer’ could hardly do justice.” She has received commissions from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts (Philadelphia), the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Shanghai Rockbund Art Museum, the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, the Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer/Commissioning USA, Chamber Music America, Festivals für Neue Musik & aktuelle Kultur (Switzerland), violinist Hillary Hahn, cellist Matt Haimovitz, Festival of New Trumpet, Kaufman Center at the Merkin Hall, 21c Liederabend, Aaron Copland Award, Americas Society, and many more, and her compositions have been presented at over 35 international festivals.

Royce Vavrek is a Canadian librettist, playwright, musical theatre writer, and filmmaker known for his collaborations with composers David T. Little, Missy Mazzoli, Du Yun, Matt Marks, Andrew Gerle and Jeff Myers, producers Beth Morrison and Lawrence Edelson, and music director Alan Pierson. His work has been presented at or performed by the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, The Kitchen, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble, Opera America, Signature Theater, Peak Performances @ Montclair, American Lyric Theater and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, among other cultural institutions. Vavrek's filmmaking credits include From Sky and Soil, which was created as part of the Corus Young Filmmakers Initiative for broadcast on the W Network through a prize administered by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association.