Victoria Bond's Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, Gramercy Opera, and Quog Music Theater, Inc., honor the late composer Eric Salzman with the world premiere staged production of his last major work and his only true opera, Big Jim & the Small-time Investors.
A man of mystery and intrigue, "Big Jim" King claims to have invented a virtual reality machine that allows users to experience their wildest fantasies. A charismatic genius with a desire to lead, Jim is also an ambitious L.A. business man who walks the line between con-man and cult leader. As he lures Small-Time Investors into his operation his plan starts to spiral out of control threatening to ruin the Investors and promising disaster for Jim's wife Kim and his assistant, Stan.
Big Jim and the Small-Time Investors, with libretto by Ned Jackson, was conceived over 30 years ago. It gets to the heart of the Salzman's ideals and encapsulates our current epoch, where perception and technology are tools in a battle for the modern mind. Victoria Bond conducts this world premiere production.
Big Jim King - Scott Joiner
Stan - Aaron Theno
Mom - Darynn Zimmer
Kim - Jessica Fishenfeld
Letitia/Samantha - Jami Leonard
Investor/Journalist - Allison McAuley
Dolores/Zelda - Helena Brown
Preacher/Journalist - Benjamin Bloomfield
Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, now in its 21st season, was founded by the composer and conductor Victoria Bond to feature the music of living composers. CEC has been called "a full-throttle commitment to contemporary music" by Chamber Music America, and "a gift to New Yorkers thirsty for new sounds" by Time Out New York. Discussions with the composers are featured on each program prior to performances by outstanding ensembles and soloists. Highlights of the 2018 festival include a tribute to the late Eric Salzman, with his opera Big Jim and the Small-time Investors (April 9); Sybarite 5 and Shakuhachi master James Schlefer (April 16); Hub New Music featuring Victoria Bond's Bridges (April 23); and Cygnus Ensemble, presenting a world premiere by David Del Tredici (April 30).