The end of a thought- the final series of attempts at measurement – of ordering but not order. The third entry in a trilogy of operas for Focus Group LLC following WORLD RECORD and WASTED LIGHT, this piece has the same reach for something essential through smallness, but this time joined by about a hundred young musicians.
Matters of consequence or futility, sung about joyfully this time. Why snap your knowing to the grid when you can let your imprecise truth go completely vertical? A first time reunion of friends, mentors, players, singers, and a dozen or so tambourines. If the previous two operas were “can you hear my voice from this far away?” and “is there something here worth singing?” - WITNESS REUNION is an attempted earnest “yes”.
released November 23, 2019
Focus Group LLC:
Ethan T. Parcell, voice
Hannah Bureau, violin
Kenan Serenbetz, pump organ and banjo
Alec Watson, piano
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Brass Choir:
Conducted by Matthew Sheppard
Randal Swiggum, Artistic Director
Jason Flaks, Brass Choir Director
Mixed by ETP
Thanks to ECC and Anthony Riani for audio sources and help.
Paper book available here: www.lulu.com/shop/ethan-t-parcell/witness-reunion-an-opera/paperback/product-24204312.html
Special thanks to Jason and Randy for their trust, vision, and love, Matt for the brilliant execution, Bekah, Eric, Charles, Doug, and especially to the EYSO students for their commitment and depth. Biggest thanks to Hannah, Alec, and Kenan for their constant companionship.