New York Stories
Composer: Daron Hagen
Other Artistic Personnel: Joey Mechavich (music director), Daron Hagen (stage director)
Original Cast: Andrea Shokery (Pamela)
Gabriel Preisser (Antonio)
Brandy Hawkins (Babs)
Daniel Anderson (Chip)
Erin Keesy (Mama)
Ricky Case (Papa)
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Premiere Date: October 30, 2010
Description: These three intimate stories are based on the experiences of real people. The music weaves their lives together. Conceived as a trilogy for performance both together and separately, the first skit is piquant and romantic, the second is dark and funny by turns, the third is warmly domestic and ends with a delightful twist. The trilogy is intended for young artist training programs at universities and professional opera companies. Chamber orchestra accompaniments are available, but piano accompaniment is preferred. Staging in a traditional theater is not preferable to site-specific stagings in private homes or public spaces.

Broken Pieces
: Pamela, a thirty-something divorcee, lives alone in a small apartment on Manhattan's Upper West Side. She's been waiting for months for the tile man to come and fix the broken tiles in her bathroom. Antonio, a middle-aged Italian immigrant, arrives to do the work. During the course of his visit, the two connect and share a lovely romantic moment.

Just for the Night
: Babs, a woman of a certain age and wealth, receives an unexpected visit from her brother Chip on Christmas Eve, turns him away.

Cradle Song: Mama and Papa, a composer couple, arrive home after a night on the town and attempt to put their infant son down for the night.
Character List (Major): Pamela (soprano)
Babs (soprano)
Mama (soprano)
Antonio (lyric baritone)
Chip (lyric baritone)
Papa (lyric baritone)
(May be cast with from 2 to 8 singers)
Length: 01:10
Total Acts: 3
Orchestration: Piano accompaniment or 13 player orchestration.
Musical Style: Tonal, accessible; roles are written to be sung handily by college-age singers.
Contact: Bill Rhoads
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Phone: 917-538-6282
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Audio Visual Materials

Daron Hagen's Broken Pieces from his New York Stories trilogy performed on October 30, 2010 at the home of Phil & Kathy Scherer with Andrea Shokery as Pamela, Gabriel Preisser as Antonio and Lisa Hasson on piano.
Libretto by Barbara Grecki
Publisher Carl Fischer Music LLC

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