Young Artists of America announces their
2013-2014 Season: “Breaking New Ground.”
Young Artists of America is thrilled to announce our 2013-2014 Season titled “Breaking New Ground” that will set a new standard in offering top-notch educational performance opportunities for our students.
Our 2013-2014 season is called “Breaking New Ground” for various reasons. Our two main productions will feature two groundbreaking works by two iconic composers that completely turned the musical theatre world on its head with their innovative creations. In 1927, Jerome Kern created a new genre with SHOW BOAT, that paved the path for serious musicals as we know them today. Likewise in 1995, Jason Robert Brown changed how we view musical theatre by introducing SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, using unrelated songs tied together by a universal theme to create a new musical beast.
In November 2013, YAA will present excerpts of the quintessential American musical, SHOW BOAT in concert, featuring YAA instrumentalists and singers alongside Guest Mentors.When Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II’s SHOW BOAT premiered in Washington, DC in 1927, it was a watershed moment in the history of American musical theatre. Compared to the trivial and unrealistic light musical comedies and “Follies”-type musical revues that defined Broadway in the early 20th century, SHOW BOAT was a radical departure in musical storytelling, marrying spectacle with seriousness. SHOW BOAT was the first American musical that openly depicted and addressed large social issues like inequality, alcholism and racism. This iconic score rooted in opera and operetta, which features such timeless numbers as Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man, was the major turning point for theatre in America.
Auditions for SHOW BOAT will be in September 2013. Performance will take place in November 2013.
In addition, when we contacted Jason about doing SFANW, he was so impressed with YAA’s work in providing students with high quality educational opportunities to work with top tier professional mentors, that he immediately said he wanted to come to DC to be a part of it!
So we are pleased to also announce that Jason Robert Brown will be joining our students on stage as Guest Conductor and Pianist, performing side by side with our YAA singers and instrumentalists, and mentoring them in rehearsal. This is clearly an amazing and once-in-a-lifetime experience and we are thrilled to be able to offer it to our students!
Auditions for SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD will be in November 2013. Performances will take place in March 2014.
There will be Intensives specifically in:
- Instrumental Performance
- Classical Voice
- Musical Theatre
More information on our Audition Intensives in the coming months!
As always, tuition for students will be kept as low as possible to allow all students the opportunity to take advantage of our educational offerings.
In an effort to expand our students’ interactions with Guest Mentors, during each production, participating students will be provided sessions with our Guest Artists to discuss what it’s like being a professional musician as well as to work in a Masterclass setting on their repertoire.
Thanks for your continued support of Young Artists of America! We hope to see you at auditions for our exciting season in the fall!
Artistic Director Music Director Interim Executive Director
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