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Dr. Fulkerson's previous public appearance was to give a paper on June 9, 2012, before the Wagner Society of Northern California at the San Francisco Jewish Community Center.
On Monday, August 8th, 2011, at 7 pm, Christopher Fulkerson will give a “SHARP Talk” introduction to his instrumental, vocal, and dramatic work. The venue will be the S.H.A.R.P. Meeting Space, which is located behind 1736/1738 Ninth Avenue between Moraga and Noriega Streets in San Francisco. He will first present an overview and musical pieces of his work-in-progress called THE FESTIVAL, consisting of dozens of pieces organized into a “Cycle of Epicycles” on various literary and spiritual themes ranging from sources as disparate as Wyndham Lewis, Ray Bradbury, Dante, and Michelangelo, to an iconic progress through the Modern era.
Following this Dr. Fulkerson will outline the scenario he has written for his opera THE NUERNBERG TRIAL, giving an idea about the nature of the piece, and reading the text for one of the principal “Set Pieces” of the opera, JUSTICE JACKSON’S SPEECH.
All are invited to hear these musical and librettistic excerpts and engage the composer in discussion afterwards.
PART ONE: THE FESTIVAL and A MIRACLE
Introduction to the Epic Cycle of Epicycles
One Cycle: L’uccel divino, for harp, and E piu di cento spirti, for harp with percussion
Remarks About My Compositional Methods
A MIRACLE OF RARE DEVICE: Concluding scene of the Dramatic Recital, with music, read by the composer
PART TWO: THE NUERNBERG TRIAL
The genesis of the project
The scenario in terms of character and character interaction, not in terms of plot, or, How to discuss an opera without talking about the plot
Jackson vs. Goering
The Stage Setting
Finale: A reading of the text of JUSTICE JACKSON’S SPEECH
Update of July 10, 2012