The Well-Tempered Ear

Classical music news: UW-Madison opera composer Jerry Hui meets his fundraising goal, then sets dates and venue.

September 4, 2011
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By Jacob Stockinger

University of Wisconsin graduate music student Jerry Hui (below) is a talented man.

He is a composer.

He is a singer who performs both early and new music.

He is an organizer.

He is a conductor.

And, it turns out, he is a savvy, shrewd producer and businessman.

Ahead of schedule, Hui has met his fundraising goal of $6,500 – using the on-line upstart site “Kickstarter” – to fund his doctoral thesis of “locally produced opera.”

That pitch is great – much like being an operatic “locovore.”

Of course with the funding goal met and surpassed, Hui can proceed – and has done so – to flesh out some details. I asked him to bring us up to date.

Here is his reply:

“Wired For Love,” my first comic opera that fuses e-mail scams with a sci-fi romance story, has now reached its fundraising goal on the site Kickstarter (donations are still accepted until tomorrow,Monday, Sept. 5, by noon).

Everything—from promotion to the handling of money—has been done over the Internet. All the world’s a stage: while our project gathers support via the web, it is by no means a scam itself!

The premiere performance is scheduled on January 20 (Friday) and 21 (Saturday) of 2012, in the evening in Music Hall (below).

The cast features Jennifer Sams (soprano, below), Peter Gruett (countertenor), Daniel O’Dea (tenor) and Brian Myers (baritone), all conducted by Ching-Chun Lai; all are local talents and UW students or alumni.

Many family and friends as well as the art-loving audience of Madison have supported generously; great thanks to you all for making the performance of this opera possible!

The original story and libretto is a collaboration between myself and Lisa Kundrat (below), a fantastic writer who also graduated from UW-Madison with an MFA in Creative Writing, and received a Day Fellowship from the Terry Family Foundation.

I have also finished composing the music (a photo of rehearsing the Overture is below) as part of my DMA dissertation (which I believe will be one of the few examples which contains silly, sometimes bawdy limericks).

If you would like to find out more about the story, the cast, as well as listening to some excerpts, you can visit http://wiredforlove.jerryhui.com.”

Please note that you still have another 24 hours or so to add to Hui’s project and help provide a buffer.

Did any opera production not fail to go over budget? That’s part of what makes grand opera “grand.”

Do you have a message or comment to leave for Jerry?

The Ear wants to hear.

 


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