Multi-media presentation explores history of immigration accompanied by Cole Porter arrangement
Rochester, N.Y., July 24, 2017—As part of the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, the George Eastman Museum and TableTopOpera will present a multi-media presentation titled Within the Quota on Tuesday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Dryden Theatre.
Written between 1922 and 1923, Cole Porter’s ballet Within the Quota is a critique of the Emergency Quota Act of 1921. TableTopOpera’s new arrangement juxtaposes images and film clips from Porter’s time with material pertaining to current U.S. immigration policies and their effects on the nation. The project is a collaboration between the Eastman Museum and TableTopOpera, a chamber ensemble that includes, faculty, alumni, and friends of the Eastman School of Music.
Tickets for the program are $10 and may be purchased in advance at rochesterfringe.com. Proceeds benefit the museum and the Immigrant Farmworker Support Fund. A panel discussion on immigration policy will follow the performance.
For more information, visit tabletopopera.com/within-the-quota.
About the TableTopOpera
Based at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., Table Top Opera is a chamber ensemble that focuses on multi-media projects. The ensemble brings together a group of distinguished Eastman faculty and alumnae whose expertise covers music of all types, classical, contemporary, and popular. Each project combines powerful visual images drawn from comic books, photographs, and film with newly composed music or new arrangements of existing music. Through the use of cutting-edge computer programs, those images are presented and manipulated in real time, thereby allowing the musicians to respond spontaneously to what they see. The overall experience is further enhanced with an array of electronic sounds and with appropriate staging and lighting. By integrating these disparate elements into a unified whole, Table Top Opera not only hopes to create coherent aesthetic experiences, but it also to redefine the relationships between high and low art, written and improvised music, and composers and arrangers. For more information, visit tabletopopera.com.
About the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival
Since its debut in 2012, the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival has become one of the most successful fringe festivals in the U.S., attracting more than 68,000 attendees in 2016. This 10-day, multi-arts festival now boasts over 500 performances and events – more than a quarter of which are free – in 25+ venues in downtown Rochester, NY. Celebrating and inspiring creativity, the Fringe – which is partially curated by the non-profit festival and partially by festival venues – includes everything from theatre, music, comedy and dance, to children’s entertainment, spoken word, visual arts, film and much more. Please visit rochesterfringe.com for a complete schedule, tickets and more information.