12/26/17 Sophia’s Forest makes the Philly Inquirer’s “Best of 2017” List

In the Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns writes “Not to be overlooked…is Sophia’s Forest…I missed it but caught up with a video that verified much of the rapturous reaction I’d heard from others. A searingly introspective study on immigrant children, the opera… Continue Reading →

9/8/17 Performance Photos

performance photos courtesy of Andrew Bogard

9/2/17 Librettist’s Notes

Notes about Sophia’s Forest by librettist Hannah Moscovitch: In 1908, my Romanian great-grandparents, Chaya Yankovitch and Chaim Moscovitch, left Bucharest and travelled across the ocean to Halifax, Canada. They left because Eastern European Jews were being massacred in a vicious wave… Continue Reading →

8/24/17 Update

Christmas in August! Can’t wait to unwrap these sculptural shells that architect Simon Kim built with his team working at the Autodesk BUILD Space in Boston and just delivered to the Excite Center at Drexel University.

8/14/17 Update

Prototypes-in-progress from architect Simon Kim and his team working up at the Autodesk BUILD Space in Boston. These carbon fiber designs will be baked, removed from the frames, and used as shells for the sound sculptures.

8/12/17 Update

Another intense day at Drexel’s ExCITe Center, working with the full collection of nine sculptures! And apparently interviewing a music box..

6/09/17 Update: Sound Sculptures in Action

5/12/17 Update

  Long but great day spent at the ExCITe Center at Drexel working with Youngmoo Kim and Rich Vallett on the sound sculptures finalizing some of the details of sound generation. Here’s the complete set of glasses for the 4… Continue Reading →

4/23/17 Preview Concert News

On Friday June 9, 2017, Halcyon Stage in Washington DC will present a concert of music by Lembit Beecher including excerpts of Sophia’s Forest. Performers include soprano Maggie Finnegan and the Aizuri Quartet, who will play alongside the sound sculptures… Continue Reading →

4/4/17 Update

Architect Simon Kim and director Brian Staufenbiel have begun working on the visual look of the sound sculptures, involving shells constructed out of wound carbon fiber. Here are some beautiful pieces built out of this material (for a previous project) by Simon.

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