(April 4, 2016 – Vireo rehearsal with Partch, PRISM Quartet, our lead voices Rowen Sabala, Emma MacKenzie, Maria Lazarova, Gregory Purnhagen, Ryan Glover and composer Lisa Bielawa)
Orange County residents Joe and Nancy Walker have come forward to offer a challenge to Grand Central Art Center to match their generous $10,000 donation in support of the broadcast serial opera Vireo, a project of GCAC artist-in-residence Lisa Bielawa.
When you make your tax-deductible donation now, you will be helping us meet this challenge and, at the same time, be contributing to the realization of future Vireo episodes.
We have five episodes now filmed and will be recording the next episode in mid-May, featuring PRISM Quartet and the Los Angeles based Partch instruments. This success puts us halfway through our filming for this 12-part series, scheduled to premiere in early spring of 2017. At that time, KCET will release the full series available for free, on-demand streaming. This will be KCET’s very first series released in this all at once style of Netflix and Amazon, in industry terms, an over-the-top “OTT” release – a true honor for GCAC!
As you probably know, Vireo was the winner of the prestigious 2015 ASCAP Foundation Deems Taylor / Virgil Thomson Multimedia Award for its pilot episode. The pilot featured our lead voices, Kronos Quartet, drummer Matthias Bossi, members of the San Francisco Girls Chorus, the Orange County School of the Arts Middle School Choir, and in the title role of Vireo, 16-year old soprano Rowen Sabala.
Now is a great time to give your support to Vireo if you haven’t done so yet, or to give a little bit more if you can. Your support is so greatly appreciated as we work to meet this $10,000 challenge, every donation helps!
On behalf of the entire Grand Central Art Center and Vireo Team,
John D. Spiak
Grand Central Art Center