Majel Connery

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Past Performances

Chapel of the Chimes (Oakland) The Garden of Memory is held every June 21st from 5pm to 9pm to celebrate the solstice at The Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California.

Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland CA

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Chapel of the Chimes, 4499 Piedmont Ave, Oakland CA

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Oracle Hysterical at National Sawdust Early music group New Vintage Baroque joins literary-minded Oracle Hysterical to celebrate the release of Passionate Pilgrim Deluxe album (VIA Records), headlined by the debut of five original songs by composer Majel Connery (deemed “thoroughly Schubertian” by Allan Kozinn, Wall Street Journal). NVB and OH will also perform freshly-minted re-orchestrations by Timo Andres of Benjamin Britten’s Folksong Arrangements for baroque band (featuring tenor Owen McIntosh) and Elliot Cole’s striking living-room opera, Babinagar, based on a folktale from Afghanistan.

National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

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National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St., Brooklyn, NY

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Oracle Hysterical visits Mainline Music
Oracle Hysterical is a chamber pop collective of four composer-performers: Majel Connery, Elliot Cole and Doug and Brad Balliett. Half band, half book clubOracle Hysterical combines eclectic musical influences, with literary breadth, adapting great works of literature through the medium of song. The group's classical instrumentation and lush arrangements anchor influences ranging from John Blow, to the Beatles, and My Brightest Diamond. On May 13, led by conductor Stephen Prutsman, the NYC-based group partners with a handpicked, 10-piece local ensemble to unveil a trio of artful, rock-infused works based on texts by Suetonius (a seedy "Cleopatra cantata"), an Afghani folk tale (the chaste "Babinigar") and a bassoon "multiphonics" concerto.

Mainline Music @ Starline Social Club

645 W. Grand Ave., Oakland, CA

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Mainline Music @ Starline Social Club

645 W. Grand Ave., Oakland, CA

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St. Lawrence String Quartet with Majel Connery and director Christopher Alden In a first-time collaboration, Mohr Visiting Artist Majel Connery and the St. Lawrence String Quartet partner with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw and famed opera director Christopher Alden to present a workshop staging of Shaw’s latest commission, the vocal quintet Contriving the Chimes. Based on Isaac Newton’s “Before Whitsunday 1662,” Shaw’s work for voice and string quartet sets to music a list of sins penned by a boyish 19-year-old Newton. Shaw’s playful, seemingly improvised textures offer a cheeky counterpoint to Newton’s earnest confessions. Together with a song cycle by Doug Balliett, August is also cruel, Shaw’s work appears for the first time in a workshop staging by Alden. The evening concludes with a panel conversation led by dramaturg and University of Chicago professor David J. Levin.

8:00pm, April 21, 2017

Bing Studio/Stanford Live, 327 Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

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8:00pm, April 21, 2017

Bing Studio/Stanford Live, 327 Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305

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Aeolus - a new opera by Ken Ueno AEOLUS is a new opera combining throat singing, multiphonics, indie-rock and electronics making its premiere at National Sawdust. It is written and performed by Ken Ueno (Rome and Berlin Prizes winner) in collaboration with FLUX Quartet (“legendary for its furiously committed, untiring performances,” Alex Ross), and the “haunting, Björk-like vocals” (SF Classical Voice) of Majel Connery. AEOLUS is inspired by the mythological keeper of the winds, Aeolus, from the Odyssey. In the classic tale, wind shapes human destiny. In the opera, wind, reinterpreted as breath, is a compositional tool. AEOLUS charts Ueno’s personal odyssey, linking impressionistic scenes from memories, found objects and literary fragments from the composer’s past. Musically, the opera juxtaposes “arias” by Ueno and Connery; virtuosic, voiceless passages by FLUX; and meditative textual interludes.  

Friday, April 7, 2017

National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St., Brooklyn NY 11249

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Friday, April 7, 2017

National Sawdust, 80 North 6th St., Brooklyn NY 11249

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Wellesley College Mellon Visiting Artist Residency with Ken Ueno and Thomas Tsang April 2-7 Ueno, Connery and Tsang are at Wellesley College under the auspices of a Mellon Visiting Artist residency at the Newhouse Center to present a musical preview of Ueno's new opera, Aeolus, on campus. The residency concludes with a performance at Jewett Auditorium featuring the FLUX Quartet. Download press kit

April 6, 2017

Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

April 6, 2017

Jewett Auditorium, Wellesley College, Wellesley MA

Crocodile Piano Debut - Opera Cabal's Berkeley Salon Series The salon presents a performance by vocalist Majel Connery. Connery unveils a selection of works for voice and modified Toyr "R" Us crocodile pianos (yes, you read that correctly), newly re-engineered by instrument builder and composer, Dennis Aman. Connery's talkback is moderated by Indré Viskontas (Inquiring Minds podcast, and faculty at SF Conservatory).

Friday, February 17 2017

6:30pm

Salons are held at a private residence in the Berkeley hills. RSVP to contact@operacabal.com for address.

Friday, February 17 2017

6:30pm

Salons are held at a private residence in the Berkeley hills. RSVP to contact@operacabal.com for address.

Passionate Pilgrim album release! Oracle Hysterical's, "Passionate Pilgrim," drops on the National Sawdust label, Vision Into Art, on Feb 10, 2017. Join us for a concert and release party at National Sawdust, January 21. “The Passionate Pilgrim” is a song cycle co-written by composer-performer collective Oracle Hysterical (Elliot Cole, Majel Connery and Doug and Brad Balliett). In this collaboration with baroque period ensemble, New Vintage Baroque, “The Passionate Pilgrim” brings an all-but-forgotten poem cycle back to life. Once believed to have been penned by a “W. Shakespeare,” the collection was stripped of its stature when the Shakespearean parentage of all but four poems was revealed as a fake. Here, finally, this orphaned cycle enjoys new pride of place, reimagined as tuneful Baroque pop. The album’s instrumentation includes a mix of Baroque and modern instruments pitched at 415 and 440 hz, respectively. Preorder the album on iTunes!  

Saturday, January 21, 2017

National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th St. BROOKLYN, NY 11249

Saturday, January 21, 2017

National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th St. BROOKLYN, NY 11249

Mohr Visiting Artist, Stanford University Connery is Mohr Visiting Artist 2016-17 at Stanford University, administered by the Stanford Arts Office of the Associate Dean. Part of an ongoing collaboration with composer Caroline Shaw and the Saint Lawrence String Quartet, her residency involves teaching the course, "Theatricality and the String Quartet," and concludes with a performance April 21, 2017 with SLSQ directed by Christopher Alden. (Stanford Live/Bing Studio, 8:00pm.)

January – April, 2017

Music Department, Stanford University

January – April, 2017

Music Department, Stanford University

Aeolus - Presented by Mainline Music @ Starline Social Club Hailing from the outsider worlds of avant-garde opera, Tuvan throat-singing, and performance art, the concert features Ken Ueno, Majel Connery, and The Living Earth Show in a 1-hour workshop of scenes from Ueno's opera-in-progress, AEOLUS. The concert includes a talkback with dramaturg Mike Maizels. Video from the performance.

November 19, 2016

Starline Social Club, 645 West Grand Ave., Oakland, CA

November 19, 2016

Starline Social Club, 645 West Grand Ave., Oakland, CA

Tales of Lapham - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston) Oracle Hysterical premieres its latest commission, "Tales of Lapham," with chamber orchestra, A Far Cry. "Tales of Lapham" is a musical adaptation of texts from "The Sea" issue of Lapham's Quarterly.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston MA

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston MA

Oracle Hysterical at the Hideout As part of a weeklong residency at High Concept Laboratories/Mana Contemporary, Oracle Hysterical performs a set at my favorite venue in Chicago, the Hideout Inn. Also featuring James Falzone's "Wayfaring" duo, and, all the way from Albuquerque, Cactus Tractor.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia Chicago IL 60642

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia Chicago IL 60642

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Omaha Under the Radar Festival Oracle Hysterical kicks off the 2016 Omaha Under the Radar Festival with a performance at Joslyn Art Museum 5-7p in downtown Omaha. Find us on the Witherspoon Hall stage circa 6.30p. http://www.undertheradaromaha.com

Thursday July 7, 2016

5-7p Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102-1292

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Thursday July 7, 2016

5-7p Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68102-1292

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Switchboard Music Festival: Ken Ueno, Majel Connery and The Living Earth Show  Two sets of collaborators at the extremes of new music find one another in this unlikely partnership. Hailing from the outsider worlds of avant-garde opera, Tuvan throat-singing, and wicked good performance art, Majel Connery, Ken Ueno and The Living Earth Show (Andy Meyerson and Travis Andrews) team up for Switchboard Music Festival to produce something truly novel: bona fide pop music. More about the 2016 Festival.  

Saturday, June 18

Brava Theater, 2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Saturday, June 18

Brava Theater, 2781 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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Oracle Hysterical at Spectrum (NYC) Oracle Hysterical (Elliot Cole, Brad and Doug Balliett, and Majel Connery) debut a sneak preview of "Tales of Lapham," a new symphonic song cycle commissioned by A Far Cry, and developed in collaboration with Lapham's Quarterly.

May 14, 2016

Spectrum (NYC) is located at 121 Ludlow St., NY, NY. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

http://www.spectrumnyc.com/.

May 14, 2016

Spectrum (NYC) is located at 121 Ludlow St., NY, NY. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

http://www.spectrumnyc.com/.

Hyde Park Salon Series Performances include Larry Zbikowski (acoustic guitar) and Majel Connery (voice) performing a collection of old timey Americana; Scrappers Film Group, in collaboration with Truthout.org, present a multi-part web series using uses cinema verite techniques and motion graphics to illuminate the legal and social dynamics behind the most pressing civil liberties issues of our day. With an installation by dancer-choreographers Irene Hsaio and Dmitri Peskov.

Mar 5, 2016

Hyde Park Salons are held at a private residence. Email contact@operacabal.com for location information.

Mar 5, 2016

Hyde Park Salons are held at a private residence. Email contact@operacabal.com for location information.

New Vintage Baroque and Oracle Hysterical at National Sawdust (NYC) Performance includes excerpts from Gregory Spears' Wolf-in-Skins and Doug Balliett's "Bacchus" cantata, with Eve Gigliotti, Christopher Herbert, Owen McIntosh, Sarah Brailey, Majel Connery, and the members of New Vintage Baroque.

Dec 13, 2015

National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY, 11249

Dec 13, 2015

National Sawdust, 80 N. 6th St., Brooklyn, NY, 11249

"Multiphonics" with Metropolis Ensemble at LPR (NYC) A concert of bassoon concerti performed by Brad Balliett, with special guest Bora Yoon. Also featuring "Cleopatra," a new song cycle with lyrics and music by Doug Balliett, written for Majel Connery (vocals). Andrew Cyr, cond. lepoissonrouge.com/lpr_events/metropolis-ensemble-presents-multiphonics-october-11th-2015/

Oct 11, 2015
(le) poisson rouge, 185 Bleeker St, NYC

Oct 11, 2015
(le) poisson rouge, 185 Bleeker St, NYC

“Passionate Pilgrim,” a song cycle composed and performed by Oracle Hysterical (Majel Connery, Elliot Cole, Brad Balliett, Doug Balliett) with New Vintage Baroque www.newvintagebaroque.com/2015/04/08/apocrypha/

May 8
White Box Gallery and May 9
94 Mercer St, NYC

May 8
White Box Gallery and May 9
94 Mercer St, NYC

Berkeley Salon series featuring intellectual historian Martin Jay in conversation with composer/performer Ken Ueno, and a talk by particle physicist Piermaria Oddonecurated by Opera Cabal, hosted by Majel Connery and Matthew Walker

May 1
Berkeley Salon Series
6:30-9pm

May 1
Berkeley Salon Series
6:30-9pm

HKGraft, a work-in-progress performance by Ken Ueno, performed by Majel Connery and Ken Ueno, with Thomas Tsang (architect), presented by Opera Cabal www.highconceptlaboratories.org/event/hkgraft-presented-by-opera-cabal/

April 25
Mana Contemporary/High Concept Laboratories 5-7pm

April 25
Mana Contemporary/High Concept Laboratories 5-7pm

Hyde Park Salon Series featuring Majel Connery (vocalist), Peter Ferry (percussion), Zachary Goode (clarinet) and Ryan Packard (accordion) curated by Opera Cabal; hosted by Young-Kee Kim and Sidney Nagel

Apr 17, 8-10p
Hyde Park Salon Series, Chicago

Apr 17, 8-10p
Hyde Park Salon Series, Chicago

Doreen B. Townsend Center symposium, "Making an Opera" panel discussion lead by Mary Ann Smart with Majel Connery, Kurt Rohde, Thomas Laqueur and Shalom Goldman
http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/initiatives/music-sound

March 19
Doreen B. Townsend Center symposium

March 19
Doreen B. Townsend Center symposium

Death With Interruptions, a new opera by Kurt Rohde (composer), Tom Laqueur (libretto), directed by Majel Connery original novel by José Saramago, translation by Margaret Jull Costa, libretto by Thomas Laqueur with Volti San Francisco, presented by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

March 19/21, 8p
Oberlin Dance Collective

March 19/21, 8p
Oberlin Dance Collective

A performance and panel discussion lead by Dean Anthony Cascardi with the creative team behind Death With Interruptions: Kurt Rohde (composer), Majel Connery (stage director) Thomas Laqueur (librettist), and Margaret Jull Costa (translator)

March 16, 6:00-8:00p
Arts Research Center salon, Durant Atrium, UC Berkeley

March 16, 6:00-8:00p
Arts Research Center salon, Durant Atrium, UC Berkeley

Matana Roberts' "Coin coin - Mississippi Moonchile"
New Frequencies Festival with Matana Roberts, John Herndon, Myra Melford, Majel Connery and Lisa Mezzacappa, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (vocalist)
http://www.ybca.org/matana-roberts

Feb. 6 2015 10p-11p

Feb. 6 2015 10p-11p

Partners

ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET
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HIGH CONCEPT LABORATORIES
www.highconceptlaboratories.org/

OPERA CABAL
www.operacabal.com/

ORACLE HYSTERICAL
www.oraclehysterical.com/

KEN UENO 
www.kenueno.com/

NEW VINTAGE BAROQUE
www.newvintagebaroque.com