The News - credit Marco Borggreve


Updated since the 2012 performance, Fulcrum Point makes its New York debut at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with NY premiere of THE NEWS just days prior to Chicago


CHICAGO – Fulcrum Point New Music Project, Chicago’s leader in New Art Music led by Stephen Burns, proudly presents the 2015 edition of JacobTV’s satiric “pop opera” THE NEWS in one performance only at Pilsen’s new Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport Street, Tuesday, April 21, at 8 pm. All tickets for THE NEWS are $26 and are available online at thaliahallchicago.org or by calling (312) 526-3851.


From Putin to Palin and Netanyahu to Newtown, THE NEWS is a fast-paced, 90-minute pop opera in which current international broadcast news clips about politics, economy, religion, war and peace, showbiz and global warming are the stars.  Brilliant “avant pop” Dutch composer JacobTV uses speech grooves and melodies from the videos in a cool fusion of classical, world, blues, jazz, rock, and pop. His original score is performed by two singing “news anchors” – New York-based Loire (rhythm vocalist) and Amsterdam-based Nora Fischer (mezzo soprano) – and a 9-piece Fulcrum Point funk band. Click here for a sampling.


“For more than 15 years, Fulcrum Point New Music Project has been pushing the boundaries of the classical musical experience through dynamic live performances with innovative programming and creative collaborations such as THE NEWS. In 2009, when Jacob TV was a visiting composer with Fulcrum Point, he walked by the ABC TV studios and saw all the video monitors with various programs broadcasting and proclaimed, ‘My God, this is like an opera!’ and decided then and there to write THE NEWS. Stephen Burns made him promise to give Fulcrum Point the premiere. It has been a close and fruitful relationship ever since resulting in several works.”





Fulcrum Point performed the World Premiere of THE NEWS at The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh, PA) in spring 2012; an equally enthusiastic response is expected when Fulcrum Point performs the New York premiere of the multi-media piece at the Metropolitan Museum of Art April 17 & 18, followed by the Chicago return.


This one-night-only performance of THE NEWS is sponsored in part by the generous support of: Astyx, Inc., Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, Heitman LLC, The Illinois Arts Council, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Neisser Family Foundation, Performing Arts Fund NL, Polk Bros. Foundation, and The Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation.


Created in 1998 by conductor, composer and trumpet virtuoso Stephen Burns, the mission of Fulcrum Point New Music Project is to be a Chicago leader of diverse new music by presenting multi-media performances, generating educational programs, as well as commissioning and recording innovative works. Its programs are inspired and influenced by popular culture, including literature, film, dance, folk, rock, jazz, blues, Latin and world music.  Through multi-disciplinary concert performances and educational programs, Fulcrum Point seeks to encourage audiences to make cross-cultural connections between new music, art, technology and literature, gaining greater insight into today’s diverse world.


For more information on Fulcrum Point and its programs visit www.fulcrumpoint.org.


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