Paul will discuss his path and approach to writing operas, using excerpts from his first opera, Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast, and playing a video of its companion piece, The Life and Loves of Joe Coogan. That second opera is an adaptation of a Dick Van Dyke TV Show episode. Opera director Laura Johnson, who has staged premieres of Salerni’s works, will join the conversation.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Asbury Auditorium, Asbury-Solomons Retirement Community
11450 Asbury Circle, Solomons, Maryland 20688
Contact Russ Horton: 410-394-3216
Refreshments will be served.
The Life and Love of Joe Coogan
Paul Salerni’s music “pulses with life, witty musical ideas and instrumental color” (The Philadelphia Inquirer), and has been described by the New York Times as “impressive” and “playful.” His one-act opera Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast won the National Opera Association’s Chamber Opera competition in 2007, and a definitive recording of the opera was released on Naxis in 2010. His second one-act, The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, an adaptation of a Dick Van Dyke TV Show episode, had its premiere in September 2010. Salerni is the National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Music at Lehigh University.