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A Music, Opera and Film Festival Celebrating People Preserving Our Planet

Nancy Rhodes, Artistic Director
In association with Union Theological Seminary
Karenna Gore, Director of Center for Earth Ethics
Derrick Harkins, Union Forum, and VP for Innovation in Public Programming
Professor Hyun Kyung Chung

June 13-17, 2017

James Chapel
at Union Theological Seminary
3014 Broadway, Manhattan (at 121st St.)
New York, NY 10027

PARADIGM SHIFTS Music and Film Festival celebrates true stories of courageous people from around the world who are preserving and protecting our planet, oceans, wildlife, and sacred lands. Dedicated to bridging indigenous cultures, women's wisdom, and the global environmental movement, the festival pairs each film with vocalists, musicians, and dancers performing a variety of music from jazz and gospel, to classical, folk, African, Haitian, Ukrainian, Native American, and new opera and chamber music.

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New American Opera Previews: From Page to Stage
Anna Christie
Music by Edward Thomas
Libretto by Joe Masteroff
March 12, 2017
Greenfield Hall
Manhattan School of Music
A new music drama based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning sea play by Eugene O'Neill that explores the lost relationship of a woman and her father, and the sailor she falls in love with.
With an audience talk-back moderated by Midge Woolsey
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Photo by Leon Tran        
Our Recent Success at the
Brooklyn Academy of Music
      New American Opera Previews:
From Page to Stage
The Astronaut's Tale
      Blood of Angels
Music by Charles Fussell | Libretto by Jack Larson       Music and Libretto by Richard Pearson Thomas
January 28-31, 2016       March 13, 2016
Directed by Nancy Rhodes
and Conducted by Nicholas DeMaison
      Greenfield Hall
Manhattan School of Music

Breathtaking images of the cosmos enhance a soaring musical score, tracing the story of a young man who dreams of walking on Mars. A mysterious stranger inspires his vision to become an astronaut, transforming his life.

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A dramatization of the political life of
George C. Wallace set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement. To be elected governor of Alabama, George Wallace discarded his original belief in equality and embraced the language of segregation. His rhetoric has disastrous effects that come back to haunt his presidential campaign.

With Audience Talk-backs
moderated by Midge Woolsey

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New American Opera Previews
program, Click here!

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The Theory of Everything Blood of Angels Lord Byron Anna Christie


Funding has been made possible by the
Puffin Foundation, continuing the dialogue between art and the lives of ordinary people.