Bard College at Simon's Rock: the Early College

Science Fair

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Daniel Arts Center - McConnell Theater

SCIENCE FAIR: an opera with experiments 


Conceived & Performed by 
Hai-Ting Chinn 

Erika Switzer 
Piano & Music Direction   

Music by
Matthew Schickele, Renee Favand-See,
Stefan Weisman, Conrad Cummings

Directed by
Lisa Rothe


Photo: Kate Milford

“The accessible but never ingratiating music echoes the sense of wonder and wit that infuses Ms. Chinn’s performance, with spacious chords and swirling arpeggios underpinning her dark-hued mezzo.” - Corinna Da Fonseca-Wollheim, The New York Times


 “Chinn's exquisite voice, rippling with amusement, makes even contemporary anti-melody sound as natural and sweet as nursery rhyme, and her performances have always thrummed with the energy of her hummingbird brain--she can convey the thrill of thinking as she sings.” - Helen Shaw, Time Out New York


Science Fair is an opera singer’s love-song to science.  With a libretto created in collaboration with science writers and teachers, “Science Fair” uses original music in a theatrical setting to celebrate the scientific.  From the incredibly familiar baking soda-vinegar volcano to the intensely complicated wave-particle duality of matter at the quantum level, Science Fair tackles various concepts--aided by hand-made models of things like the solar system, atomic orbitals, molecules of DNA and more--infusing them with humor and wit, employing arresting operatic vocals to uplift the ordinary into the realm of wonder.

This new opera-theater work is a live science show with lessons and lectures in song.  It features music direction by Erika Switzer (piano), a faculty member at the Bard Conservatory, and music by Matthew Schickele, Renee Favand-See, Stefan Weisman and Conrad Cummings. The production will be directed by Lisa Rothe, with set and video design by Caite Kemp, lighting design by Lucrecia Briceno and costume design by Hai-Ting Chinn.  The work received its world premiere in New York City this past April to critical acclaim.


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