Di.vi.sion Arts & Education, Inc. Presents
Of Death and the Planets
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Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre
Thu, Jun 7, 2018 8:00pm
Standard : $20
Seniors, Students, Children : $15

Each ticket subject to a $5 service fee.

Di.vi.sion Arts and Education, Inc. present the world premiere Of Death and the Planets, a large song cycle by composer Jim Lahti, setting a collection of poems of the same name by John McEveety Woodruff and scored for soprano, tenor, flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, and piano. Featuring Timothy Maureen Cole, Soprano; Rufus Müller, Tenor and di.vi.sion. The work is, essentially, a 15-movement journey and over the course of approximately an hour and a half the listener will be transported through the solar system with occasional stops along the way for five departed souls with personal connections to Mr. Woodruff. Both the poems and the music are at times dramatic, poignant, sad, loving - and periodically whimsical.

This piece is being performed by di.vi.sion, a group founded by violinist Kurt Briggs, and named for their flexibility to divide forces. Six musicians of di.vi.sion will be joined by soprano Timothy Maureen Cole and tenor Rufus Müller. Of Ms. Cole, Dr. Robert Butts, founder and conductor of the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey states: "Beyond singing well, she brings a deep understanding of the music and words to everything she sings. When cast in a role, she brings a deep awareness of who the character is, beyond what the character sings." In Anne Midgette's review of a performance by Mr. Müller at Carnegie Hall, The New York Times commented: "Among the soloists, the standout was Rufus Müller, easily the best tenor I have ever heard in a live Messiah... his voice had so much substance and color that it seemed downright dramatic."