Performing The Origin
How do you describe The Origin?
The Origin is an evening-long celebration in music and video of the life and work of Charles Darwin. Using texts taken directly from Darwin’s writings, The Origin centers on the making of his world-changing The Origin of Species. It is a joyous, often humorous, piece for chorus, orchestra, vocal soloists, and videos that features the highly unusual sound of a female Balkan singing group.
The Origin premiered to packed houses, standing ovations, and rave reviews. In April 2009, WCNY-FM will broadcast The Origin in its entirety. In May 2009, WCNY-TV will broadcast a documentary on the making of the piece.
What is needed to perform The Origin?
Total Time: approximately 90 minutes, no intermission
How many rehearsals does The Origin require?
The Origin is very easy to perform. A minimum rehearsal schedule: 1 orchestra-only rehearsal, 1 orchestra/chorus rehearsal, and 1 dress rehearsal with all performers and videos. The music for the Female Balkan Ensemble (about 20 minutes) is a cappella and requires no additional rehearsal.