Exciting New Choral Commission Announced!

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Marisa has been commissioned to compose a twenty minute piece for Ted Sperling’s MasterVoices chorale plus community choirs from Lawrence, Long Island. To read the NYTimes mention, click on THIS! And for the mention in Playbill, click THIS! (   And …

Sappho Salon at the Musical Theatre Factory

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At the Musical Theatre Factory in NYC. A late evening experimenting with new work Marisa has been creating bringing Sappho’s poetry fragments alive.  A new creation of solo and multi-textured voice with movement that arises from the music. Marisa sings …

Prospect Theatre Company Gala Celebrating Women Composers

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Honored to be included in this special celebration of a theatre company I respect and admire. A thrilling evening of musical theatre including such composers as Lynn Ahrens, Mary Rodgers, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and such performers as Rebecca Luker and Mary …

Winter artist residencies: MacDowell and Ucross

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February and March at MacDowell Arts Colony for six weeks, beginning a new piece, THE SEEDS OF ALL, exploring Hildegard von bingen and Heloise, divinity and desire… April at Ucross (Wyoming) to continue writing…

Another Rave Review: Dreamlike and Seductive…

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“Dreamlike and seductive it is…Power surges come when things build and build and then there are sudden exquisite moments of stark beauty: a capella simplicities with a solo voice following a breathless silence….The adventurous composer, Marisa Michelson, conducts the small …

Tamar of the River is fascinating, remarkable, adventurous…

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“Tamar had several major assets, starting with the music by Michelson.  Michelson’s music is hard to describe; otherworldly, perhaps?…It is the chanting that makes Michelson’s work so striking; in many places, she uses her 12-person chorus as if they were musical instruments, …

NYTimes reviews “The Other Room”

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“There’s a fine mix of consequence and informality to “The Other Room,” one of two solo musicals that make up the 2014 edition of “Inner Voices,” produced by Premieres…. Mr. Campbell’s lyrics swirl with all of Lena’s anger and love, …

Casting Announcement: Phoebe Strole!

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“The Other Room” a one-person short musical (Libretto by Mark Campbell) is going to star the inimitable, appealing, adorable, fiery Phoebe Strole. I’ve written the score (piano, cello, electronics).  We go into rehearsals September 15th, “The Other Room” runs for …

Review from Theatremania

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“Michelson’s challenging and tonally complex music is some of the most unique and beautiful I’ve heard in musical theater. The high-flying trills, warm harmonies, and legato articulation of singular words (“God” sung in about 20 descending notes, like a wail) …