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Sounds of Arts Festival 2016


SOAF2015 is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

Sounds of Arts Festival (SOAF) is MuSE's annual week-long arts festival in Queens (New York) every November!


The Secret Theatre (BIG THEATRE)
4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
Subway: E, M, G Train: 23 St. - Ely Ave.
7 Train: Court Sq. Station 
Tickets: General Admission $15 advance / $20 at the door
Seniors & Students with ID $12 advance / $14 at the door


"A Meeting of Symphonic Minds"

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:30pm

*FREE ADMISSION - RSVP by filling out the form (Click the "Reserve" icon below.)

(Venue suggests $5 donation at the door)

at Flushing Town Hall

137-35 Nothern Boulevard

(at the corner of Linden Place)

Flushing, NY 11354


Orchestra conducted by David Stech




Alicia Lieu - Passacaglia

Deborah Lau - Jazz and Arancini

Kit Goldstein Grant - Baby Bear Gets His Popcorn

Jude Thomas - Shadows

Matt Weber - Warring Kingdoms

Eimi Tanaka - The Current

Hany Rizkalla - Impulses for Small Orchestra

Terence Petersen - The Machine

Mavis Pan - Death and the Maiden

Holland Albright - Run Away With My Thoughts

Ruth Ansell - Sonata So Easy

Peter Jan - The Heroine

Matt Mezzacappa - Don Quixote

Derek Simon- Neural Networks

Charlie Martin Casál- Danzón(sito)

Neil Radisch - Fantasy / Toccata - Part 2

Kathleen Rivera - Approximations : Strange Return



Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 8pm

at The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101


LUCIDITY CHAMBERISTAS, a Queens-based string ensemble

Eugene Takahashi, conductor

J.S.Bach: Violin Concerto, A minor, BWV 1041
Alba Potes: Reflexiones for Violin, Viola, Cello and String Orchestra
Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances Sz.68
Antonin Dvorak: Serenade for String Orchestra, E major, Op. 22



Program C JAZZ

Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:30pm

at The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101

This program features jazz composers and their groups perfroming original tunes. Ticket price includes both sets.



Award-winning bassist and composer Mark Wade brings his dynamic trio to the stage to perform selections from his internationally acclaimed debut CD “Event Horizon". Come hear a lineup of Wade’s original compositions that Downbeat Magazine says “...linger in realms more akin to mystery and invention...” and The Vertical Spin as having “ immeasurable quality I long for as a music lover.”




Chris Biesterfeldt is a guitarist and composer based in Brooklyn with two critically acclaimed CDs. Phineas got a 4 ½ star review in Downbeat earlier this year and Urban Mandolin was featured on NPR in 2013 (he’s also been playing mandolin the last few years). Although Chris is jazz based, other genres of music he plays - R&B, Funk, Brazilian, African, etc. - also influence his composing. 

Chris Biesterfeldt – guitar

Ben Stivers – keyboard/piano

Chris Tarry – bass

Eric Halvorson – drums





3 Shows:

Friday, November 20, 2015 at 8pm

Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 7pm

Monday, November 23, 2015 at 8pm

at The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101



written by Chris Widney & Mark T Evans

Directed by Dan Dinero

Music directed by Noriko Sunamoto

Megan Tomei, assistant director

Lena Dubrusin, choriographer


Synopsis: In 2008 The United States began a program to relocate 60,000 Bhutanese
refugees. “The Clackamac Pioneers” is the fictional tale of the Bahadur family’s journey from a refugee camp in Nepal to a small, soccer-obsessed town in suburban Oregon. Struggling to fit in at Clackamac High School, young Jenuka draws on the Bhutanese tradition of sorcery and witchcraft to turn the soccer team into winners. Suddenly popular, so why isn’t Jenuka happy? 



STARRING: Surya Garg, Paolo Solis, Sneha Raja, Ratnesh Dubey 

with Jordan Zauha, Jordan Stovall, Rachel Drayke, Lena Dabrusin,

Katrina Abreau, Mary McDonnell, Anthony Castellano, Austin Bowen,

David Gaynor, Tav Rich, Melissa Slaughter, Alicia Dee Leduc,

Sarah Oravetz, Teddy Mueller, and Yukino Kikuta




Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 7pm

at The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101


New musical theatre songs performed by emerging actors!

Program and performers TBA.


STARRING: Elaine Baez, Leigh Fitzjames, Janaki Gerard, Devin Lloyd,

Mary McConnell, and Rose Marie Rupley



Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 2pm

at The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101







Program G OPERA

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 8pm

at The Secret Theatre

4402 23rd St, Long Island City, NY 11101



written by Kento Iwasaki & Cris Ryan

The Traveling Opera Company


Beloved Prey - a traveling opera with the Japanese koto. Based on a true story about a lioness who adopts a baby antelope, and an antelope mother who seeks to rescue her child. Featuring masked singers in kimonos expressing our animal nature, Beloved Prey is an operatic dance drama with traditional Noh theater influence. The work is a bridge between the traditional and current moment, Europe and Japan, the animal and the human. The singers are accompanied by the western violin, an exotic array of percussion, and the koto; an instrument at the heart of Japanese traditional music. Featuring collapsible sets similar to room screens, the singers dance with their shadows in this intimate opera.




Founder of The Traveling Opera Company, Kento Iwasaki is a classically trained composer and koto performer. His goal is to create music that acts as a bridge between the traditional and current moment, fusing old and new, East and West, helping us connect with our ancestors. He studied koto with Satomi Fukami and Yoko Reikano Kimura and received training in opera composition from Libby Larsen, John Corgliano and and William Bolcolm. He also received training in the art of collaboration at the Nautilus Music-Theater/New Dramatists Composer-Librettist Studio. Previous composition teachers include Mark Jurcisin, Matthew Greenbaum and Richard Danielpour.



Cris Ryan is the librettist and costume designer for Beloved Prey. Ryan's costume designs have made various appearances on Chinese national television shows, such as Day Day Up and Super Boy, as early as 2010.  Upon relocating to New York City in 2012, Ryan has worked under designer Matthew Hemesath on musicals and film productions, such as Legally Blonde and John Wick. That same year his writing was discovered by composer Kento Iwasaki, describing Ryan as having a poetic voice particularly inclined for opera libretti. Ryan's first libretto was evaluated by composer Mark Stambaugh, who praised the duo to develop operatic works. In May 2014, Ryan attended the John Duffy Institute, where he studied opera theatrics with mentors including Libby Larsen, John Corgliano and Michael Korie. In the future, Ryan intends to write a handful of new works that will innovate the traveling opera movement.



When we were invited to the Duffy Composer’s Institute to workshop an opera scene we composed, we were inspired by our mentors to do an opera that radically redefines what opera is. We began playing with the idea of a portable opera featuring a lioness who adopts a baby antelope. Libby Larsen, one of America’s greatest opera composers responded very enthusiastically to our synopsis and project idea. So did Diane Wondisford, President of Music-Theater Group (which produced Tan Dun’s ‘Marco Polo’). This compelled us to take on this crazy new opera idea - an opera that would never fit the mold of what would be performed in an opera house.

















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