SOURCE: Plan A Media

September 08, 2009 09:00 ET

Remarkable Theater Brigade (RTB) Opens 8th Season in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on October 1, 2009

RTB Presents Opera Shorts: 10-Minute Operas

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - September 8, 2009) - Remarkable Theater Brigade, a not-for-profit company, which was founded in 2002 by Christian McLeer, Monica Harte and Dan Jesselsohn, has just announced that its 8th Season will be presented at NYC's prestigious Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall on October 1, 2009 with Opera Shorts. A set of 10-minute operas, Opera Shorts features composers Seymour Barab, Ben Bierman, George Brunner, Tom Cipullo, Anne Phillips, Patrick Soluri, Rob Voisey, and of course, Christian McLeer. Among the singers performing, will be baritone Chris Trakas and tenors Robert White and Will Ferguson.

Based in New York City, RTB debuted at NYC's Lion Theatre with "After Hours" in 2003 and has since presented "House and Shot"; "G Train The Musical"; the ballet "The Grandfather Clocks"; the variety show "Clearly McLeer"; "Honor," and "Glory Denied" by Tom Cipullo.

Dedicated to creating and presenting new works for theatrical performances in New York City, RTB also takes children's versions of its productions to special-needs and at-risk children for free. Over the past seven years, RTB has performed for more than 50,000 children in over 50 locations. Additionally, RTB brings shows to Mississippi for the Natchez Festival of Music Educational Outreach Program, and has started a new Young Artist Summer Training Program in NYC, dedicated to providing young artists with incredible performance opportunities. Artists from Korea, Japan, India, Canada, France and the U.S. have performed in the program, which has already produced five concerts and an opera.

Composer Christian McLeer received his first commission at age 14; by the time he was 25, Christian won numerous piano competitions, performed his works at Carnegie, Steinway and Merkin Concert Halls and received over 20 commissions. He serves as RTB's Artistic Director.

Soprano, Monica Harte, has been touted internationally as a 'consummate artist' and has performed numerous concerts in France, Spain and the U.S. She can be heard singing the soprano solos on RTB's 2007 CD release of McLeer's Requiem and is also featured on several CDs, including "Songs from Another Place"; "Long Island Songs"; "The Tempest Project" and "Landsape with Figures." She serves as RTB's General Director.

Dan Jeselsohn, who worked with Christian and Monica in the early years to build RTB, works in radio in NYC.

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