Ray Luedeke premieres two works in January: Voice Afire, "Chamber Music as Theatre"


Jan 7 2012 - 8:00pm

Voice Afire will showcase two of their current shows during the the week of the 2012 CMA Conference in New York:

45th St. Theatre 354 W 45th St., Manhattan, directed by Jonathan Cerullo (Jan. 7 thru 13)
For tickets, contact the booking manager here. Or visit Ovation Tix.
Jan. 7, 8:00pm; Jan 8, 2:00pm, Jan. 10, 8:00pm, Jan. 11, 2:00pm & 8:00pm, Jan. 12, 8:00pm, Jan. 13, 8:00pm

Puccini’s beloved Madama Butterfly is transformed from grand opera to intimate music-theatre.This English language production uses just two singers, an actor, and four instrumentalists (clarinet, violin, cello and synthesizer) to stunning effect. With minimal changes to Puccini’s original text and music (some of Puccini’s music has been exchanged for the spoken word), the poignant play that inspired the opera emerges, as powerful as ever.

The internationally known Bergmann Piano Duo and actor Charles Murray present The Art of Love, Ray Luedeke’s original, virtuosic score for two pianos with Ronald Hurwitz’s riveting visuals, shot in Paris, and a text adapted from Ovid’s infamous manual, banned for two thousand years.

This show is by turn wildly funny and then dead serious, but always riveting and entertaining – all in the name of Love. Or is it Lust? With a first half featuring the music of Ligeti, Bolcom, and Bergmann. At Merkin Hall 129 W 67th St. in New York City, Monday, Jan. 9 at 8pm.

Composer Ray Luedeke was born in New York City. He attended the Eastman School of Music, the Vienna Academy of Music, and Dartmouth College, where he studied with George Crumb. His output is extensive and varied. It runs the gamut from entertaining theater pieces for children, through a long list of sophisticated solo and chamber music to colorful, carefully crafted pieces for orchestra.

In the summer of  2007, Ray started the new music theater company, Voice Afire Pocket Opera and Cabaret, and produced three shows, each reflecting a particular passion of the composer/arranger. I Confess, I Have Lived is based on the poetry of Pablo Neruda. The Pocket Madame Butterfly is an arrangement/adaptation of Puccini’s great masterpiece. Close Embrace is based on the Golden Age of Argentine Tango and reflects the fact that Ray and his wife, Dulce, are avid ballroom dancers.