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The Southampton Cultural Center Announces ’Trouble In Tahiti’ And ’Paradise In New York’

Originally Posted: November 04, 2011

Jamie Bernstein. (Courtesy Photo: SCC)

Southampton - The Southampton Cultural Center announces "Trouble in Tahiti, Paradise New York" with Stony Brook Opera on Saturday, November 19 at 7 p.m. to open the Southampton Cultural Center Chamber Music Series. Tickets will be sold online and at the door: $20/$10 students. Credit cards will be accepted online and credit cards, cash and checks will be accepted at the door. Primary Contact: Southampton Cultural Center at 631 287-4377. For series details contact Marc Levine at 646 279-2799; mhlevine@gmail.com.

"Trouble in Tahiti, Paradise New York' is an opera in seven scenes with music and libretto by Leonard Bernstein. Jamie Bernstein will make her directorial debut with the first opera written by her father. Written while on his honeymoon in 1951, it is a candid portrait of the troubled marriage of a young suburban couple.

"Paradise in New York" will be a celebration of New York through Leonard Bernstein's theater songs from "Wonderful Town," "On the Town" and "West Side Story." Jamie and Nina Bernstein will be the evening's narrators. The director is Jamie Bernstein, and Music Director is Timothy Long.

Jamie Bernstein is a narrator, writer and broadcaster who has transformed a lifetime of loving music into a career of sharing her knowledge and excitement with others.

Jamie grew up in an atmosphere bursting with music, theatre and literature. Her father, composer-conductor Leonard Bernstein, together with her mother, the pianist and actress Felicia Montealegre, created a spontaneous, ebullient household that turned Jamie into a lifelong cultural enthusiast.

Replicating her father's compulsion to share and teach, Jamie has devised several ways of communicating her own excitement about classical music. In addition to "The Bernstein Beat," a family concert about her father modeled after his own groundbreaking Young People's Concerts, Jamie has also written and narrated concerts about Mozart and Aaron Copland, among others.

Tim Long. (Courtesy Photo: SCC)

Jamie travels the world as a concert narrator, appearing everywhere from Beijing to Caracas to Vancouver. In addition to her own scripted narrations, Jamie also performs standard concert narrations, such as Walton's "Facade," Copland's "A Lincoln Portrait" and her father's Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish." She is a frequent speaker on musical topics, including in-depth discussions of her father's works.

In her role as a broadcaster, Jamie has produced and hosted numerous shows for radio stations in the United States as well as for BBC Radio 3 in Great Britain. In addition to hosting several seasons of the New York Philharmonic's live national radio broadcasts, Jamie has presented various series for New York's classical station, 96.3 WQXR FM , including annual live broadcasts from Tanglewood.

In addition to writing her own scripts and narrations, Jamie writes articles and poetry, which have appeared in such publications as Symphony, DoubleTake, Town & Country and Gourmet.

Jamie is a devoted mom to her two children, Francisca and Evan. She is an avid scrabble and tennis player, and makes an annual pilgrimage to the Utah desert to recharge her spiritual battery.

Timothy Long has been praised for his "sharp conducting" (Washington Post), and his orchestras have triumphed with displays of "breadth, depth and color" (Riverfront Times) and "brilliant playing" (Rocky Mountain News). In the past season he conducted La Cenerentola at Opera Colorado, Dream Seminar with the Companion Star Ensemble, and concerts of Bernstein and Mozart with Jamie Bernstein at the Oregon Bach Festival. He also performed as a pianist and actor in the show, "Surviving Love," at the Midtown International Theater Festival. Past performances have included the world premiere of "Shadowboxer" by John Chenault and Frank Proto for the Maryland Opera Studio, "Le Nozze di Figaro" at Boston Lyric Opera, "Cosi fan tutte" at Shreveport Opera, Jake Heggie's "Dead Man Walking" at the University of Colorado at Boulder, "Madame Butterfly" at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, "Ariadne auf Naxos" at Wolf Trap Opera, Conrad Susa's "Transformations for the Maryland Opera Studio, "Don Giovanni" at the Théâtre Municipal de Castres in France; and "The Music Teacher," an off-Broadway play/opera by Wallace Shawn and Allen Shawn for The New Group, which ran at the Minetta Lane Theater for seven weeks.

As a pianist, his performances have been described as "dramatic, fiery" and "dazzlingly forceful" (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). He has performed throughout the world at venues such as the Aspen Music Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kyoto International Music Festival, and the Castell de Sant Marçal in Barcelona, Spain. His collaborations with singers include recitals with Jennifer Aylmer, William Sharp, Susanne Mentzer, Thomas Meglioranza, Christopheren Nomura and an appearance on NBC's Today Show with Salvatore Licitra. His chamber music partners have included the Pacifica, Euclid and Chester string quartets.

In the spring, Tim will be conducting several operas of Dominick Argento at the Maryland Opera Studio. These will include "Miss Havisham's Fire," "A Waterbird Talk," and "A Few Words About Chekhov" with the famed mezzo-soprano, Frederica von Stade. Bridge Records released Tim's recording as conductor and pianist, "The Music Teacher," a play/opera featuring Parker Posey and Wallace Shawn in the leading roles. Upcoming recording releases include arrangements of Cherokee lullabies and the music of Louis Ballard with cellist Dawn Avery. Tim was formerly an Associate Conductor at New York City Opera and the Assistant Conductor for Robert Spano at the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He is a member of the Thlopthlocco Tribal Town and the Muscogee Creek Nation of Oklahoma.

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