Part of the 2017 SWITCHBOARD FESTIVAL, with Kronos Quartet headlining
This is the second installment of a large, hour-long work for vocal quartet, percussion quartet, and two keyboards, based on a book with the same name by Dr. Richard Selzer. This semi-staged work uses Dr. Selzer’s lyrical, and often graphic, musings on surgery and the mysteries of the human body. Not quite an opera, and not really music theater, this work is a “medical oratorio” that finds the teases out the sacred elements in the operating theater.
Mortal Lessons by Ryan Brown
Tonia D’Amelio, soprano; Justin Montigne, countertenor; Samuel Faustine, tenor; Sidney Chen, baritone
John Jaworski, Mika Nakamura, Katrina Shore, and Stephanie Webster; percussion
Taylor Chen and Anne Rainwater; keyboards
Eric Dudley (of Roomful of Teeth), conductor