Wheeler, S: The Construction of Boston

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Wheeler, S: The Construction of Boston



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3rd March 2008




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Wheeler, S: The Construction of Boston

Charles Blandy (tenor), Marcus DeLoach (baritone), William Hite (tenor), Sharla Nafziger (soprano), Christopheren Nomura (baritone), Krista River (mezzo), Christine Swistro (soprano)

Boston Cecilia Orchestra & Chorus, Donald Teeters


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The Boston Cecilia’s concert performance of Scott Wheeler’s one-act opera on 1st April, 2007, in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall, was hailed with a Boston Globe headline: “Construction of Boston is a love note to the city”. Drawing on a cast of brilliant, young, mostly Boston-based vocal artists, a chorus of established reputation in music old and new, and an outstanding orchestra comprised of first rank professional instrumentalists, Wheeler’s witty, first foray into the operatic genre got a brilliant reading under the baton of veteran conductor Donald Teeters: “Teeters led everything with remarkable sensitivity to both text and architecture” (Boston Phoenix).

Scott Wheeler: The Construction of Boston


Prologue: I am the Opera, here to explain myself (Opera)

Hello, Sam (Henry, Sam)

You speak of one men are not fit to know (The Spirit of Boston)

Sea Interlude I

Primeval Pastoral - How strange! What freshness steals across my brow (Chorus)

Song: How happy I am now, fat as a cow (Beacon Hill) - The light summer day (Chorus)

Hail Populator (Chorus, Rauchenberg)

Dark afternoons in Autumn (Chorus)

I'd almost swear that I can hear the weather (Narrator, Storm, Noon, Dawn, Rauschenberg, Chorus, Moonlight)

And now I have to stock the city up with people (Rauschenberg, Chorus)

Veni Tinguely Spiritus: Tinguely, Spirit of the Air (Chorus) - I am arrived! (Tinguely)

Ah, what a lovely layout you have here! (Tinguely, Chorus)

But now we need more space! (Tinguely)

Boston, all that I can say is, it's grand to be a bay! (Back Bay) - Now you're the town (Chorus)

Bay Bay, you're lucky (Tinguely) - Oh hear, how that noise (Chorus)

Sea Interlude II

Fairest Tinguely, we the Wharfs (Wharf Chorus, Tinguely, Water Chorus)

See how the smiling city take its shape (Chorus, Rauschenberg, Niki)

What this town needs is beauty (Niki, Tinguely)

Men say she has a magic pistol (Chorus, Niki)

I bring beauty and detail (Niki)

She'll shoot up the city (Chorus)

And now, at last, my time is past (Niki)

We who feel our new creation (Chorus, Niki)

Niki, all this city's Buildings (Tinguely, Rauschenberg, Niki)

Now, citizens, sunset cover you (Niki, Tinguely, Rauschenberg)

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