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Written by Eve Wolf
Directed by Donald T. Sanders
Set & Costumes by Vanessa James
Lighting Design by Beverly Emmons

Aug 20-30, 2015
AIRE Stonehouse Ballroom
Great Barrington, MA

June 8, 2006
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th St.
NY, NY

January 22, 2004
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 E. 65th St. 
NY, NY

Van Gogh's Ear

The tormented voice of Van Gogh is revealed in letters discussing his inner struggles and his strong sensitivity to sound. Van Gogh often found solace in the inspirational power of music, an art whose expressive qualities he tried to emulate in his paintings and whose sensorial qualities permeated his vibrant palette. A script based on his letters to his brother Theo will create a counterpoint to chamber and vocal works by Franck, Fauré, Chausson, and Debussy, including Chausson’s shimmering Chanson perpétuelle for mezzo-soprano and piano quintet.


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Written by James Melo
Directed by Donald T. Sanders
Set & Costumes by Vanessa James
Lighting Design by Kate Bashore

June 3&4 , 2015
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
NY, NY

November 10, 2007
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th St.
NY, NY

2003
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 E. 65th St. 
NY, NY

The Sorrows of Young Werther

An original, fully staged theatrical concert interweaving drama with the music of Schumann, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Wolf, Mahler, and Pfitzner, based on Goethe’s tale of obsessive and unrequited love. 

Written feverishly in a white heat of autobiographical inspiration, The Sorrows of Young Werther turned the 24-year-old Goethe into one of the first international celebrities. Napoleon read the novel seven times and carried it with him during his Egyptian campaign and it started a “Werther Fever” throughout Europe, with young men dressing as the protagonist and committing copy-cat suicides.

Werther’s obsessive love of Charlotte emerges with great pathos in a haunting and romantic evening featuring Schumann’s magnificent song cycle Dichterliebe, one of the most compelling musical depictions of unrequited love, as well as songs for mezzo-soprano and two pianists mirroring the two main characters.


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Written by Eve Wolf
Directed by Donald T. Sanders
Set & Costumes by Vanessa James
Lighting Design by Beverly Emmons
Choreography by Daniel Mantei (2015)

April 8-12, 2015
BAM Fisher (Fishman Space)
321 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY

June 5, 2008
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th St.
NY, NY

Jules Verne: from the earth to the moon

A multimedia theatrical concert with drama, film, and chamber music.

Their paths crossed in 1889 to the delight of the whole world… 

Travel across space and time—to the moon and back—with the legendary Jules Verne and the daring Nellie Bly. Nellie Bly, the enterprising 25-year-old American journalist, became an international celebrity when she embarked on a voyage around the world to beat the record of Phileas Fogg, the fictional hero of Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days. They said a woman couldn’t do it, but Bly proved them wrong—even taking precious time out for a surprise detour in France to meet the aging Verne. The meeting of these two unlikely kindred spirits, both unafraid to explore the unknown, inspires Ensemble for the Romantic Century’s sumptuous multimedia theatrical concert that interweaves drama, video, and the music of Chausson, Stephen Foster, Gottschalk, and Chaminade.