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Brian
Petuch

"Narratively limitless," "transcendent"

- American Composers Forum

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PORTRAITAND A
DREAM

An opera about the life, work,

and myth of Jackson Pollock   

Director Ashley Tata

Conductor David Bloom

Design Magnus Pind

Music, Libretto Brian Petuch

Presented by Contemporaneous as part of their "Day of Imagination," a day-long celebration of the group's 10th anniversary, this work is a novel take on the genre, incorporating never before released audio of recorded interviews provided by The Pollock-Krasner House, alongside poetry, and literary excerpts pertinent to Pollock's world.  

 
 

 

PORTRAIT AND A DREAM PREMIERE

CONTEMPORANEOUS

IRONDALE

85 SOUTH OXFORD St

BROOKLYN, NY 

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18th 2021

8-11PM

 

PORTRAIT AND A DREAM PREVIEW EVENT

CONTEMPORANEOUS

ARTS CENTER at DUCK CREEK

127 SQUAW ROAD

SPRINGS, EAST HAMPTON, NY 

SATURDAY AUGUSt 7th 2021

5-7PM

ABOUT

Described as “narratively limitless... peaceful, violent, and transcendent.” (American Composers Forum), Brian Petuch's music inhabits extreme contrasts. Reflection vs. celebration, tenderness vs. aggression, saturation vs. sparseness, a large scale sixteen hour-long work vs. one minute miniatures are all among Petuch's output. He frequently incorporates electronics and other recorded sounds into live acoustic settings in order to expand the possibilities of the concert hall. His works have premiered at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, 911 Memorial at Liberty Park, EMPAC, Constellation, MASS MoCA, and Joyce Theatre, and featured by Albany Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, andPlay, Bang on a Can, Contemporaneous, and Bearthoven.

Petuch recently premiered his first evening length opera, Portrait and a Dream, an opera about Jackson Pollock told through the lens of Lee Krasner and archival recordings of the people who surrounded his life. Petuch is married to soprano Kendra Berentsen who is a major collaborative force and inspiration in his creative life. Berentsen is currently writing a libretto for their new evening length opera for full orchestra, narrator, and electronics.

 
 
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