One-Eleven Heavy: A Chamber Opera EP will be released on May 24th, 2019
Available now for pre-sale and everywhere for purchase and streaming on May 24th is my first album One-Eleven Heavy, a short opera originally written for the 2014 Opera From Scratch program in Nova Scotia and since expanded, orchestrated, and recorded with ensemble Hotel Elefant (conducted by David Bloom) and featuring guest soloists soprano Jenny Ribeiro and Grammy Award-winning tenor Karim Sulayman.
See a video preview of the recording process here!
Final Inside the Underground at the Cornelia Street Cafe
October 2018 marked the third (and final, due to the unfortunate closure of Cornelia Street) production of Inside the Underground, a showcase for new vocal music of all types hosted by myself and composers Julia Barry and Joseph Rubinstein. Shanna Lesniak debuted new songs from “Mary,” my musical-in-progress with playwright Melisa Tien, and my new original song Moment Over.
Concert videos from the premiere of SOLO with the String Orchestra of Brooklyn
The composers of West 4th New Music Collective (W4) presented SOLO, an evening-length instrumental work commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn at Roulette in Brooklyn, March 30th 2017. My three movements (extracted to form "Three Teasdale Songs") are based on poetry of Sarah Teasdale. Commissioned by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and premiered on March 30, 2017 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY.
First glimpse of new musical "Mary" at New Dramatists
Based on the illicit 1990s affair of schoolteacher Mary Kay Letourneau with her 6th grade student Vili Fualaau, Shanna Lesniak and Austin Ku starred in the workshop reading of the musical "Mary" on November 16, 2017. Written with playwright Melisa Tien, "Mary" examines and reconsiders what society condemns as taboo. This reading was the culmination of a 2-week development program, PlayTime, at New Dramatists.