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Composer/Multi-instrumentalist Rob Mosher Commissioned to Write New Music for Choral Chameleon – Winner of 2015 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming

(Published: May 05, 2015)

Premiering Saturday, May 16 and Thursday, May 21 at Acme Studio, Williamsburg

"Mosher does for music what Renoir has done for art." - Jazzreview.com

"Heartbreakingly beautiful, with melodies that stop the listener in their tracks." - Hartford Courant

Choral Chameleon, winner of the 2015 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, will premiere new music commissioned from composer/multi-instrumentalist Rob Mosher at Storytime: Part Two the final concert of its 2014-2015 season. The concert takes place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 16 and Thursday, May 21 at Acme Studio, 63 N. 3rd Street, between Wythe & Kent, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets are $28 online at http://www.choralchameleon.com, $35 on the door.

The new work by Mosher brings to life The Adventures of Cow, a humorous photo-storybook by Lori Korchek and Marshall Taylor, which will be projected for the audience. Milk and cookies will be served.

Other highlights of the program include an ensalada by Mateo Flecha called ‘La Justa.' This little-known secular genre from renaissance Spain, an ensalada is meant to be sung near the end of a long and satisfying dinner. It tells the story of an imagined joust between Christ and Satan - which will be dramatized for the audience with shadow puppetry. Also on the program is part two of "The Story of the Jumping Mouse" - a beautiful new commission from Liz Hanna based on a Native American Folktale about a mouse on a journey to the Holy Mountain. She encounters a series of creatures along the way in need of help that she is able to provide.

Rob Mosher creates music that's "heartbreakingly beautiful, with melodies that stop the listener in their tracks." - Hartford Courant. He was born in Greenwood, Nova Scotia, a small village on the east coast of Canada. "My earliest memories are of music," he recollects and his "parents both sang, though they never talked about music overtly." After years of piano lessons, he started adding woodwinds one-by-one, eventually playing oboe, English horn, clarinet and soprano saxophone. With his trickster spirit and adventurous sense of harmony, he gravitated towards the big city jazz and creative music scene in Toronto. While getting lettered at the University of Toronto, he made a life-changing discovery: his true calling was to compose music. Mosher's work inhabits the space between jazz and classical music with projects ranging from his 10-piece ensemble Storytime to Soprano/Soprano, a duet of saxophone and operatic voice and Polebridge, chamber jazz with everything from Appalachian-style fiddle music, otherworldly Klezmer, a healthy dose of country swagger and plenty of improvisation. Jazz Review declared that "Mosher does for music what Renoir has done for art."

Led by founder and artistic director Vince Peterson since 2008, Choral Chameleon creates a vocal experience like no other. This unique ensemble of the city's most versatile and adventurous professional singers draws inspiration from the diversity of genres and backgrounds that is New York: where world-class classical and jazz music rubs shoulders with urban genres, street musicians, arrivals from every continent and the sparkle of Broadway. This concert features puppet designer Elizabeth Ostler along with sopranos Erika Lloyd Whiteley, Mi Na Shin, Liz Hanna, and Julie Waters; altos Kelly Baxter Golding, Jonathan May, and Sharon Harms; tenors Alex Canovas, Evan Crawford, and Kevin Rose; basses Mark Johnson, Joseph Bellino, Cameron Bernard Jones, and Andrew Cook-Felz.

Choral Chameleon concerts present thematic and emotional journeys through kaleidoscopic elements of lightness, darkness, avant-garde gymnastics, new works and uncovered gems, sitting shoulder to shoulder with revered classical works and stunning arrangements of familiar, feel-good songs that we secretly love despite ourselves.

Usually there's an unusual staging or audience experience element to accompany the music. There's been beat-boxing, electronics, multi-room journeys and even bites of food the audience were conducted to eat on cue. Their most recent concert in March, Dance of Life, presented in collaboration with 3 other choirs, featured a troupe of actors & dancers.

It's the closest thing to a musical smoothie you can find: full of healthy things that don't look like they relate but taste terrific when blended together, leaving you feeling nourished.



More Information: http://www.choralchameleon.com/2014---2015-season.html

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