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Fall 2014 CSP

Community Scholars

One Art: making something out of nothing

Femme Lunatique Productions (UK), Companion Star (USA), and Once in a Blue Moon Music (USA) present an exclusive first reading of One Art, the inaugural commission for a song set based on the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. Composer Paula Kimper and soprano Laure Meloy will give a work-in-progress performance, read selections of Bishop’s poetry, and discuss plans to complete, premiere, and record this new work.

11 December 2014
6:30-8:00 p.m.

The Charles MacKay Learning Center
The National Opera Center
330 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Saturday November 22, 2014 @ 2pm and 8pm

At The Riverside Theatre
Inside Historic Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue @ 120th Street, NYC

Tickets can be purchased at:
or by calling (212) 870-6784
$30 Adults, $20 Students/Seniors





Music by Paula M. Kimper, Libretto by Talaya Delaney
Conceived and Developed by Linda McInerney
Commissioned by Old Deerfield Productions
Directed by Douglas Moser
Starring Mari-Yan Pringle as Sojourner Truth
Lighting Consultant Andrew Rubenoff
Production Manager Jacquelyn Bell

Also featuring Damian Norfleet, baritone, Chad Kranak, tenor,
Heather Michele Meyer, soprano, Jaylen Fontaine, boy soprano,
with Josh Henderson, violin, Meaghan Burke, cello,
Lish Lindsey, flute, Rich Johnson, clarinet, Deryck Clarke, horn,
Angelo Di Loreto, piano and Tony Vacca, percussion.



Sojourner TruthIn Celebration of Sojourner Truth’s Birthday!

TRUTH, An American Opera about Sojourner Truth, comes to The Riverside Theater inside historic Riverside Church in Manhattan @ 120th Street.

November 22, 2014,
at 2pm and 8pm
$30 Adults,
$20 Students/Seniors
Tickets go on sale October 22 at (212) 870-6784

I’m happy to be included in this upcoming concert, August 8 @8, at BARBES, 376 9th St, Park Slope Brooklyn.  It promises to be very hot! Opera on Tap and Gilda Lyons present an evening of directed improvisations for voice.

My piece, FUKUSHIMA PRAYER, is a healing meditation for the Pacific Ocean.

TRUTH, An American Opera about Sojourner Truth is made possible in part with public funds from the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

This just in, our photo won first place in the
cover contest for the 6th edition of
Fundamentals of Arts Management, published by
Arts Extension Service of Massachusetts.

John Thomas as Baumfree from the opera TRUTH.
Photo by Kristin Angel. The planned release date of the book is Fall 2014.


John Thomas as Baumfree

I’m happy to announce PAULA KIMPER ENSEMBLE
is the #31st participant organization in this new opera collective:


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Columbia University

Inaugural Community Scholars who will be coming to Columbia this semester.

LOCAL LEARNERS | The five inaugural Community Scholars: Mariama Keita, Paula Kimper, John Reddick, Vivian Nixon, and Steven Watkins.

Paula Kimper, a composer who has written four operas, will research her next opera—but she hasn’t chosen the topic yet. Her existing operas are “basically American stories, American history stories,” she said.

Kimper said she’s excited to use Columbia’s resources.

“It’s a fabulous resource and it’s great that it’s opened its doors,” she said. She’s auditing a class and using the libraries, but said “I feel like I haven’t really scratched the surface” of the University.

“I’m just optimistic that all five of us are going to come up with extraordinary work, both on our own and also together,” Kimper said.


Mari-Yan Pringle as Sojourner Truth

Mari-Yan Pringle as Sojourner Truth

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