Solo Performance Spotlight

Saturday June 26, 2021

5:00pm & 7:30pm PT

Q&A featuring Women of Astronautica immediately following 5:00pm Show

Voices of Women in Space

A newly commissioned work of music, voice, and video by women composers, has a libretto drawn from the words of the women who have traveled in outer space and seen our world from a dramatic new perspective. Astronautica is an artistic evocation of the transformation that happens when one sees our small planet set against the endless blackness of space. Without borders. Without the artificial boundaries that divide – and could well destroy – humankind. Originally scheduled to premiere in May of 2020 at National Sawdust and The Flea Theater, Astronautica made a fluid and inspiring transformation to an online presentation with stunning multi-media components. The response to the Jan 27 world premiere was overwhelmingly enthusiastic!

Performed by the women of Trio Triumphatrix
Lindsay Kesselman, Hai- Ting Chinn, and Kirsten Sollek

Featuring the work of 9 Women Composers
Hai-Ting Chinn, Renée Favand-See, Jennifer Jolley, Elaine Lachica, Gilda Lyons, Rashonda Reeves, Kamala Sankaram, Jane Sheldon, Bora Yoon



About the Performers

Hai-Ting Chinn, Mezzo-soprano American Mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn performs in a wide range of styles and venues, from Purcell to Pierrot Lunaire, Cherubino to The King & I, J.S. Bach to P.D.Q. Bach. She has performed with New York City Opera, The Wooster Group, Philip Glass/Robert Wilson, OperaOmnia, American Symphony Orchestra; on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Mann Center in Philadelphia, and London’s West End; and at Festivals including the Edinburgh, Verbier, Grimeborn, Tête-à-Tête, and Festival d’Autumne. As an Artist in Residence at HERE arts center, Hai-Ting created and performed Science Fair: An Opera With Experiments, a staged solo show of science set to music. Hai-Ting is a native of Northern California and currently resides in New York City. She holds degrees from the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music.

Lindsay Kesselman, Soprano Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as an “artist of growing reputation for her artistry and intelli-gence…with a voice of goddess-like splendor” Lindsay Kesselman is a soprano who passionately advocates for contemporary music. Kesselman has been the resident soprano of the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble for 8 seasons, and toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019 with this ensemble for 30 performances of Kieren MacMillan’s The Gray Cat and the Flounder. Kesselman holds degrees in voice performance from Rice University and Michigan State University. 

Kirsten Sollek,  Contralto Called “ …an appealingly rich alto…” by The New York Times and “…an ideal Bach alto…” with “…elemental tone quality…” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, contralto Kirsten Sollek is sought out for her unique sound and compelling performance style, as featured with orchestras, operas and music festivals worldwide. In new music, she has collaborated regularly with Ensemble Signal and Alarm Will Sound, performing much of the vocal music of Steve Reich. Over the past decade, she has worked extensively with composer John Zorn, premiering his music in New York, Milan, and Paris. 


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