TACONIC OPERA: World Premiere of New Oratorio – DAVID

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Ossining United Methodist, 1 Emwilton Place, Ossining, NY
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Currently in its 19th season and recipient of the ArtsWestchester Arts Organization of the Year Award, Taconic Opera will be performing the world premiere performance of the oratorio David on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 7:30 pm at the Ossining United Methodist Church, 1 Emwilton Place/corner of Route 9, Ossining, NY, and on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at 3:00 pm at the White Plains Presbyterian Church, 39 North Broadway, White Plains, NY. Based on the widely known biblical hero King David, the famous slayer of Goliath the Philistine giant, the work was composed and will be conducted by the company’s General and Artistic Director, Dan Montez. The performance features four of the company’s principal opera singers, the Taconic Opera chorus, and full orchestra.

This is Montez’s sixth oratorio having its world premiere in Westchester County. David’s story is a treatise explaining how all human frailties can be overcome and forgiven, and that change is not only possible for everyone, but worth the effort. Montez compares his composing style to that of Fauré, Poulenc, Debussy and Ravel, along with elements of opera to add drama to the storytelling. His focus is on the text and the beauty of the music rather than on contemporary experimentation, making this and other oratorios he has written very accessible. Comments from his past oratorios include: “Breathtaking!”, “I am in awe!”, “Sweeping harmonic and melodic gestures!”, and “Glorious!”

Tickets are $27, $20 for seniors and $15 for students and can be purchased at the door, in advance online at, or by calling Taconic Opera’s toll-free number (855) 886-7372.

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