Topping Off Carnegie Hall & Steinway Hall With an Opera at the Fringe

August 21, 2014 7:23 PM

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Topping Off Carnegie Hall & Steinway Hall With an Opera at the Fringe

The New York International Fringe Festival this summer includes a new opera by Matthew Zachary Johnson: The Boston Tea Party Opera. (Final performance Friday, August 22 at 5:15pm at the Sheen Center on Bleecker St.) This show marks a new direction in his work. Johnson is the composer of a body of often-performed classical saxophone works. His debut recital in 2006 led to the album "Saxophone Music of M. Zachary Johnson: Live at Steinway Hall." His subsequent works were presented at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall and the Glimmerglass Opera's Young Artist recital series. He served as Composer in Residence of the 2007 Austin Peay State University Governor's Honor Band Festival, and founded The MZJ Ensemble, a symphonic group based in New York City which performed his larger compositions. The recipient of numerous annual ASCAPlus awards, he serves on the faculty of Mannes College the New School for Music.

Johnson presented his first musical theater piece, The Boston Tea Party opera during this year's International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC), where over 200 international companies perform for 16 days in more than 20 venues. The largest multi-arts festival in North America is now in its 18th year and ...

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