Parker & Dokken spoke about the road from Artomatic 2012 to the February 2015 GRAMMYs at the opening night for Artomatic 2015 at 6 pm on Friday, October 30. They were listed as Librettist. They played the 2013 studio album and previewed the January 8-9, 2016, Washington DC premiere of fully staged performances of A Roadkill Opera.
There were some interesting characters in attendance. Artomatic is well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that create unique and exciting events for tens of thousands of visitors – all FREE. Anyone can show art at Artomatic – it is non-juried and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis. It is simply a great way to discover new art!
Every night of the event, thousands of people visit Artomatic to discover new art, grab a drink, listen to music, go on dates, and mingle with the creative community. No matter what kind of creative events you like, you’ll find something to like at Artomatic.
Information on A Roadkill Opera‘s backstory and performance editions of the published score and parts are on display in Parker’s exhibit at Artomatic 2015 through December 12. Parker’s exhibit is across from Stage 2 and around the corner from Bar 2.
The studio recording of A Roadkill Operawas released on July 4, 2013, on Amazon.com and subsequently on CD Baby, AmazonMP3, andiTunes. It is now available worldwide on nearly all platforms. This comic opera with music in the style of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is recommended for fans of PDQ Bach, Tom Lehrer, and The Rutles–but only if you like classical music with infectious hooks.
The chamber orchestra for the January 2016 premiere performances of A Roadkill Opera returns four players from previous incarnations. Martine Micozzi, flautist, is the key link who introduced librettist Stephan Alexander Parker to conductor/music director Jeffrey Sean Dokken. Like Martine, trumpeter/flugehornist Michael Thompson performed in the Artomatic 2012 workshop and on the 2013 studio recording. Val Rauch will return on viola, which she played on the 2013 studio recording of A Roadkill Opera.
Michael Thompson – Trumpet – is Associate Conductor and Principal Trumpet of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. He attended Grammy Award-winning South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon where he was a member of the Wind Ensemble, Full Orchestra, and Jazz Band and the recipient of the John Philip Sousa and Louis Armstrong awards. Michael studied trumpet performance and music at the University of Oregon and was the trumpet section leader of the Oregon Symphonic Band and all Oregon Athletic Bands and the musical director of the Green Garter Band. Michael was a member of the original orchestra for A Roadkill Opera and has also played in productions of Les Misérables, Into the Woods, and The Music Man. Besides the original recording of A Roadkill Opera, Michael has recorded with the Oregon Marching Band, Green Garter Band, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem, OR and can be also be found on numerous live recordings and in the introduction to EA Sport’s NCAA March Madness 2004.
Martine Micozzi -Flute- originally hails from Los Angeles where she started her foray into music while in elementary school. While not a music major and pursuing music as a hobby, she enjoyed performing with the Solar Winds Woodwind quintet in L.A. and has performed internationally at venues including the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Hollywood Bowl, Meyerhoff Hall, the Strathmore Center, and La Madeleine in Paris. Martine participated in the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Corwin Master Class and Ransom Wilson’s Master Class in Italy. While in Paris, she founded, managed, and performed as Principal flutist of the orchestra of the Paris Choral Society. Upon her return to the U.S., she has participated in summer academies and performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Martine presently performs with and serves on the Board of Directors for the Symphony Orchestra of Arlington, Virginia.
Tanya Whisnant -violin- started studying violin at age 4, and quickly discovered a preference for ensemble playing. During her school years she formed a quartet (Dalibor Strings), joined Yale University’s Saybrook Orchestra, and played in the pit orchestra for Yale’s Gilbert & Sullivan Society and student opera group, among others. After moving to the DC area Tanya was pleased to join the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia (Sonova), and still enjoys finding opportunities to play with new ensembles.
Val Rauch -viola- is a violist from the Pittsburgh, PA area. She earned a B.M. in music education from James Madison University and a M.Ed. in school technology from George Mason University. She has been teaching orchestra for Fairfax County Public Schools since 2006. Val has performed with The McLean Symphony, The Reston Community Orchestra, the Vino Trio, and is currently principal violist of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. She has enjoyed performing A Roadkill Opera! Val resides in Reston, VA with her husband, Robert.
Deborah Albert -clarinet- Debbie plays with the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. Locally, she has also played with the Capital Wind Symphony and the Arlington Concert Orchestra. In a past life in Albany, New York, she played with the SUNY/Community Orchestra and in the pit orchestra for Opera Excelsior performances of The Magic Flute and Cavalleria Rusticana, where she discovered a love for opera she didn’t know she had. During the day, she is an urban planner in Arlington.
Francesca Martin -violin- has been performing twenty-two years with the violin, earning musical merit and academic scholarships for orchestral studies, chamber music ensemble classes and private lessons. Most notably, Francesca was the recipient of the “Blackwood Theater Organ Society Scholarship” in 2006. Prior to her acceptance into the Mary Pappert school of Music in 2007, Francesca was under the tutelage of Marian Irwin of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. She was awarded merit scholarships to pursue violin performance in the studios of Charles Stegeman from the Curtis Institute of Music and Christopher Wu, a violinist and member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Prior to becoming Concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, Francesca led her university’s chamber orchestra as Concertmaster for five years. She was a member of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony under the baton of Daniel Meyer for three years in which she was awarded principal second violin her first year with the orchestra. Her orchestral and chamber playing have taken her on tours throughout Eastern Europe (2005), a National Festival of the States Tour (2006), and a special performance at the White House with the Maryland Classic Youth Quartet for their 2007 Christmas season. Since, she has been privileged to return again as a member of Sonova in 2013 for their annual “Holidays at the White House”. Before her acceptance into Sonova, Francesca volunteered for the University of Maryland Baltimore County Orchestra while studying for a masters degree at the Washington Montessori Institute.
Whitney Miller -bassoon- was born in Anchorage, Alaska, and raised primarily in Dumfries, Virginia. She graduated from James Madison University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Music Industry, concentrated in the recording arts, and from Western Michigan University in 2014 with a Master’s in Bassoon Performance. Her career as a bassoonist has led to international performances in Canada, Mexico, and across Europe, and with legendary musicians, such as the band KANSAS and under the direction of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s music director Leonard Slatkin. Combining her love with performance and for sharing that with young people, she is currently pursuing her initial Virginia teacher certification, with the goal of becoming an elementary music educator in mind. She is currently employed as a substitute teacher for Prince William County Schools. When she’s not working, performing with the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, or making reeds, she can be found reading, spending time with her family, or getting in one last bike ride before it becomes too cold to do so.
Jorge Alvarez -cello- graduated with Bachelor of Music in cello performance from Shepherd University. There he participated in many activities/shows/events the music department put together; was part of the Two River Chamber Orchestra; taught the cello; led cello sectionals of the Shepherd University Orchestra; participated in marching band (it is hard not to think of Woody Allen in Take The Money and Run); and played in the honors recital.