30Jul

Take 5: Civitas Ensemble

by Dan Hickey

This edition of Take 5 features Yuan-Qing Yu and Lawrie Bloom from Civitas Ensemble! Their upcoming album Alla Zingarese  with Gipsy Way Ensemble is a groundbreaking collaboration at the crossroads of Western classical and Romani musical traditions. The album marks the Civitas Ensemble’s recording debut and the Cedille label debut for Gipsy Way. Years in the planning, the project is the outgrowth of the enduring friendship between Gipsy Way violinist Pavel Šporcl and Civitas violinist Yuan-Qing Yu dating back to their student days. You can pre-order your copy today — all CDs and downloads ship August 17!  Read More »


30Jul

Q&A with Derrick Wang

by Dan Hickey

Derrick Wang — composer, librettist and lyricist, speaker, and attorney — is among America's most talented and multi-faceted artists. He is the creator of Scalia/Ginsburg, a one-act comic opera based on the infamous and unlikely friendship between two ideologically opposed U.S. Supreme Court justices, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Described as "funny, exceedingly clever" (Above the Law) and "brilliant . . . gorgeous" (DC Theatre Scene), Scalia/Ginsburg has taken the country by storm. With a new production set to take the stage at OperaDelaware in 2019, we asked Derrick to tell us more about the creation and success of the opera as well as his background as both a musician and an attorney.

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