A Report on ‘A Fire in Water’ at Silver Finch Arts Collective’ by Terry Byrne

A Fire in Water, a modern, one-act chamber opera in Silver Finch Arts Collective’s cooker, has all the elements of a masterwork: timeless themes of love and war, a stunning score by Terrance Johns and Michael Oberhauser, and marksman-like singing…

…As Thetis, Megan Ihnen’s syrupy mezzo is more of a caress – she is earth mother to Buonaiuto’s radiant glint and spark. Their “Stars” duet, supported by a stellar constellation chorus (Katherine Riddle, Zoe Kanter, and Tanya Ruth) – all five in formation tossing yellow chiffon star puffs — could rival Lakmé’s “Flower Duet” as hit material, ending with a hauntingly sweet-and-sour alien chord…

Megan Selected for fresh inc festival Summer 2013

Serving to prepare participants to launch their own artistic careers, fresh inc’s experiential program includes a series of activities aimed at providing a complete artistic toolbox for the modern marketplace, including:

Individual Instruction and Chamber Coaching: Expert individual instruction with composition and instrumental artist faculty and chamber music coachings with members of 5HE

Something for that Resume: Rehearsals and recorded performances of newly-created works by participating composers. Ensembles are composed of participants and 5HE members performing side-by-side

Arts Start-Up: A series of training sessions in the basics of starting a new arts venture, including strategic planning, generating earned and contributed income, networking, freelancing, and marketing

Connective Programming: Participants learn to program effectively for audiences of all ages and types through interactive programming and public speaking training

Cross-Disciplinary Collaborations: Participants learn what it takes to produce distinctive multimedia projects through interaction with 5HE’s artistic collaborators, including visual artists, writers, directors, and actors

Visiting Experts: A series of career development workshops with top industry professionals in the fields of social media, artist management, instrumental performance, and composition

Portfolio Creation: Working closely with 5HE’s artistic staff, participants will leave the Fresh Inc. experience with a portfolio including an artist statement, marketing materials, elements of a business plan, and headshots provided by SnoStudios Photography