The Velvet Oratorio

Velvet Oratorio Image


Libretto by Edward Einhorn
Music/staging by Henry Akona

Sat Nov 8 at 8pm, Sun Nov 9 at 5pm*
Fri Dec 12 at 8pm Sat Dec 13 at 8pm
Tue Jan 13 at 8pm Wed Jan 14 at 8pm

6:30 roundtable follows on Nov 9, the anniversary of the Berlin Wall—co-organized by the Goethe Institut

Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street

Tickets $30
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Production Staff

Libretto: Edward Einhorn Music/Staging: Henry Akona 
Video Designer: Gil Sperling
Costume Designer: Carla Gant 
Lighting Designer: Jeff Nash
Music Director: Maria Dessena
Assistant Director: Candice Dickinson
Concert Master: Michael Midlarsky
Box Office: Patrice Miller

With: Craig Anderson, Ross DeGraw, Oliver Fetter, Andrea Gallo, John Gallop, Jennifer Harder, Jillian Kuhl, Mike Maloney, Jenny Lee Mitchell, Michael O’Brien, Eric Oleson, Yvonne Roen, Anna Marie Sell, Emily Shankman, Phoebe Silva, Rachel Steinberg, Moira Stone, Terence Stone, Tony Torn, Matthew Trumball, Michael Villastrigo

Graphic art by Clinton Corbett

The Velvet Oratorio, an original opera/theater piece commemorating the 25th anniversary of The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, will be presented in the grand ballroom at the current home of the Czech Center and the Czech Consulate: The Bohemian National Hall. The Velvet Oratorio is an evocative retelling of the Velvet Revolution through found text, choral music, and scenes inspired by Václav Havel's Vaněk plays. 

The piece is organized as a series of alternating scenes and choruses, the chorus representing the crowds in Prague during the events spanning November 17 1989 to January 1, 1990. The text for the oratorio is based partly upon recently released U.S. State Department documents and corresponding Czechoslovakian / Soviet documents and interviews with journalists, diplomats, and ordinary people who were in the streets of Prague during the revolution.

The Velvet Oratorio was original staged as a concert for New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ festival, Performing Revolution in Central and Eastern Europe  This will be a full staging of the piece.

The original concert version was staged

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Bruno Walter Auditorium 
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
(at Lincoln Center)

Monday, November 30, 2009

Bohemian National Hall
321 East 73rd Street

Production Staff

Libretto: Edward Einhorn Music/Staging: Henry Akona Dramaturgy: Karen Ott 
Musical Director: James Kennerley Video Designer: Jared Mezzochi Costume Designer: Carla Gant 
Lighting Designer (BNH): Jeff Nash
Assistant Director: Tom Berger
Stage Manager: Marissa Bea
Concert Master: Michael Midlarsky

Craig Anderson, Timothy Babcock, Danny Bowes, Peter Brown, Jonathan Farmer, Andrea Gallo, Joe Gately, Josh Hartung, Uma Incrocci, Eric Oleson, Yvonne Roen, Tony Torn