On December 11th and 12th (2017), my opera collaboration with John Grimmett, Nothing in the Nothingness, was performed by the Nautilus Music-Theater in Minneapolis/Saint Paul. Nothing in the Nothingness chronicles the thought process of a young man trapped in a coma. During a visit to the beach, he was pulled underwater in a strong undertow, and after twelve minutes without oxygen, was rescued and hospitalized, but has yet to regain consciousness. This one-act operatic monologue (recently featured in Fort Worth Opera’s Frontiers program) explores what it means to be alive and functioning in a vegetative state when consciousness is not possible. It featured Nautilus performers Eric Morris and Cathleen Fuller, with music director Mind Eschendor. A big thanks goes to Ben Krywosz for spear heading the whole thing!
On May 25th, in Castelo Branco, Portugal, Gonçalo Lourenço and the ESART singers will perform my new a capella work for SATB choir, The Clod and the Pebble. If it wasn’t for Gonçalo, this piece would be languishing on my book shelf, half-finished and never heard. Thanks you, Gonçalo and the ESART ensemble. I can’t wait for the recording!
Fort Worth Opera has chosen the opera Nothing in the Nothingness to be performed as part of their 2017 Frontiers showcase. Librettist John Grimmett and I have spent the last eight days in Forth Worth, TX, rehearsing with conductor Stephen Carey, bass-baritone Nate Mattingly, soprano Cristina Castro, and pianist Emily Urbanek. It has been a fabulous experience and I am honored to have been chosen.
“Eight selected works will be presented in the intimate setting of the McDavid Studio at Bass Performance Hall. The 20-minute excerpts, sung by artists from the 2017 Fort Worth Opera Festival with piano accompaniment, will be offered in two separate showcases of four works each on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:00pm – 10:00pm and Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 8:00pm – 10:00pm. Tickets for the showcases are $10, and can be ordered by calling FWOpera’s Customer Service team at 817.731.0726.” http://www.fwopera.org/operas/frontiers/
I’m so excited! On Friday, Feb. 5, @ 7:30 P.M., the Phil Kramer Recital Series is presenting an evening of my music. Featured on the recital are two of my multi-media operas, Portrait-TV-Man, and the world premiere of my collaboration with John Grimmett, titled Nothing in the Nothingness. I have worked so hard on these pieces, and as the days count down can’t wait to share them with the world.
An Evening with Daniel Zajicek
New Hope Lutheran Church
Friday, February 5, 2016 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (CST)
In two concerts, Feb 21, at Anadolu University State Conservatory, in Nevsehir, Turkey and on March 15, at Théâtre d’Orléans, in Orléans, France, the award winning Turkish pianist, Toros Can will perform my piano and tape work Dinosaur. I can’t tell you how excited I am about this, and how much I have enjoyed working with Toros. .