Eugene M. Lang Improv Series

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Sunday, February 25 at 8 p.m.

At Atlas Performing Arts Center

Only $35!

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Or call Atlas’ box office at (202) 399-7993 ext. 2

 


ABOUT OPERA IMPROV:

    The return of an UrbanArias favorite – our four intrepid singers will create mini operas for you on the spot! We play games, improvise scenes, and incorporate your suggestions. It’s interactive! Would you like to tell us about your first date and see us turn it into an opera? Now’s your chance . . .

ABOUT THE EUGENE M. LANG IMPROV SERIES

UrbanArias’ Eugene M. Lang Improv Series is inspired by the long life and remarkable career of its namesake, Eugene M. Lang. As an avid promoter of small business interests, he was referred to as the “quintessential entrepreneur”; he also devoted over 50 years of his life to philanthropy, and the betterment of the lives of others, particularly through education. As a recent start-up with an unorthodox but timely and approachable mission, UrbanArias is proud to wear the mantle of an entrepreneurial and visionary opera company, devoted to breaking down boundaries and bringing a modern version of a storied art form to a diverse public.  The excellence of our programming reflects our own high standards as well as those of the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, and we are deeply grateful for their belief in our mission of bringing high-quality art to people of all backgrounds. Our improvisational performances are a particularly unique way to engage a public which is increasingly looking for interaction in their entertainment choices, and we would like to honor Mr. Lang’s legacy by dedicating this series to his great achievements in social justice.

Featured projects include the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Eugene M. Lang Center for Health Sciences at The Chester Charter School for the Arts, Eugene M. Lang Junior Faculty Fellowship Program at Baruch College, Lang Youth Medical Program at New-York Presbyterian Hospital, Eugene M. Lang Center For Civic and Social Responsibility at Swarthmore College, Eugene Lang College, Project Pericles, The Lang Science Program at the American Museum of Natural History.

Click here to learn more about our generous benefactors at the Eugene M. Lang Foundation.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Ian McEuen (Tenor): OPERA: Madama Butterfly, Washington National Opera (Goro); Turandot, Virginia Opera (Pang); Sweeney Todd, New Orleans Opera (Toby); Man who Mistook his Wife for a Hat, UrbanArias (Dr. S); Tosca, Knoxville Opera (Spoletta); Butterfly, North Carolina Opera (Goro); Magic Flute, Arizona Opera (Monostatos); Butterfly, Glimmerglass Festival (Goro); With Blood, with Ink, Fort Worth Opera (Padre Antonio); The Lion, the Unicorn, and Me, WNO (Hippo/Holy Man/Dog); Ariadne auf Naxos, FWO (Tanzmeister).

 

Britt Olsen-Ecker (Soprano): OPERA/ MUSICAL THEATRE: The Cunning Little Vixen, Peabody Institute (Rooster); A Little Night Music, Connecticut Playmakers (Mrs. Segstrom); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, JMN Theatrics (Melissa); STAGE: Stranger Kindness,Acme Corporation (Premiere – Stella Kowalski); The Memo, Single Carrot Theatre (Miss Kalous); Blind From Here, Single Carrot Theatre (Premiere – Elsa); FILM: Arbitrage, Lionsgate Films (Gallery Patron); AWARDS: Baker Artist Award (2016), Phyllis Bryn-Julson Award for Commitment to and Performance of 20th/21st Century Music (2009) www.brittolsenecker.com

Peter Tomaszewski (Bass/Baritone): OPERA/ MUSICAL THEATRE: Salome (Cappadocian), Cold Mountain, Santa Fe Opera; Les contes d’Hoffmann (Luther and Crespel), Salome (Nazerene), La Traviata (Doctor Grenvil) Enemie: A Love Story, Palm Beach Opera; Macbeth (Physician), De Moines Metro Opera; The Rake’s Progress (Nick Shadow), Peabody Conservatory; Romeo et Juliette (Gregorio), Annapolis Opera; Die Zauberflöte (Papageno), Maryland Concert Opera.

 

Melissa Wimbish, sopranoMelissa Wimbish (Soprano) SOLO RECITAL: Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall; Terrace Theater of Kennedy Center. OPERA/CONCERT: The Dream Washington Ballet (Soprano soloist) at Kennedy Center Opera House; Mysteries of the Macabre, Baltimore Symphony (Soloist); Candide, Manchester Choral Society (Cunegonde); Carmina Burana, Washington Ballet (Soloist) Eisenhower Theater; Josephine, Urban Arias (Josephine); Paul’s Case, Urban Arias (History Teacher); Candide, Baltimore Symphony (Sheep). AWARDS: Baker Artist Award (2016); NATS Artist Award, 1st Place (2014); Franco-American Vocal Award (2014).

Robert Wood (Pianist) URBANARIAS (Founder): Independence Eve, Lucy, As One, After Life/Josephine, Blue Viola, Three Decembers, Paul’s Case; SAN FRANCISCO OPERA: La Traviata, L’italiana in Algeri, Concerts; OPERA COLORADO: Carmen, Roméo et Juliette; WOLF TRAP OPERA: Le Comte Ory, Die Zauberflöte; MINNESOTA OPERA: La Donna del Lago, Le Nozze di Figaro, Lakmé, Rusalka, Il barbiere di Siviglia; HAWAII OPERA THEATRE: Die Entführung aus dem Serail; Die Fledermaus; VANCOUVER OPERA: L’italiana in Algeri.

David Hanlon (Pianist): Conducting credits include HOUSTON GRAND OPERA: After the Storm, The Brick Layer, River of Light, From My Mother’s Mother; NEW YORK CITY OPERA: Cruzar la cara de la luna, LYRIC OPERA: El Pasado Nunca Se Termina;  Composing credits include HOUSTON GRAND OPERA: Past the Checkpoints, The Ninth November I was Hiding, Power; WOLF TRAP: I Should Have, Listen Wihelmina!