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The Sunday Series is a great way to see the latest musicians, singers, poets, and cabaret acts in New York City. Scheduled throughout the year, these shows highlight the best work from new and established performers.

Sunday, May 18 at 7:30pm
Tickets $ 20-30

A Score to Settle 
is a Musical Monologue for Solo Harpist. From the initial spark of genius–to the grand plan to change the world–to the final reconciliation of Art and Life, this extraordinary theater piece with integrated harp performance is a musician’s comic confrontation with mortality. “This remarkable piece reveals Costanzi as a polished, energetic comic actress.” –Vancouver Sun    

RITA COSTANZI–“An Artist of immense gifts”–has established an international reputation as concert performer, recording artist, actor, teacher, writer and composer. Formerly Principal Harp of the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestra, she now devotes her life to solo and chamber music performances and teaching. As a concerto soloist with orchestras across Canada, as well as invitations from many international festivals in North America, Germany, England, Brazil and Venezuela, she is recognized as an Artist of rare depth and expression, and has been featured on television and radio programs in Canada, the United States and Brazil. In 2008, her choral work “Beneath Her Heart” received its world premiere in Vancouver, and in 2009, she collaborated with Oregon Ballet, in a new work based on solo harp Dances written especially for her. Since relocating to New York City in 2007, she was on faculty at New York University for three years and is currently working with Broadway Director Arthur Masella on a one-woman show which made its sold-out New York Debut at The United Solo Theatre Festival (the world’s largest) in 2011. She is represented by Judith Finell Music Services, Inc.

KICO GONZALEZ-RISSO (Writer). A playwright and director, Kico has had his work produced internationally and broadcast on CBC Radio. He wrote two dramatic monologues for harpist Rita Costanzi, Harp & Solo (premiered in New York in 2009), and A Score to Settle (premiered in 2007 at MusicFest Vancouver). Kico has translated two major operas into English: Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale. An Opera Canada Special Projects Award recipient, Kico has written the librettos for various chamber operas and music theater pieces along with numerous texts for choral works both in English and Spanish. Kico was commissioned by Fugue Theater to write the libretto for Supernatural Noir, a full-length chamber opera which was recently premiered in Vancouver.

ARTHUR MASELLA (Director). Mr. Masella’s theatre productions include: Candide; Sweeney Todd; The Music Man; Fiddler on the Roof; Sweet Charity; Yours, Anne; Byrd’s Boy; Resurrecting Levin; Custer’s Luck on Broadway, Off Broadway and at Regional Theatres throughout the United States. His opera productions include Casanova’s Homecoming, La Cenerentola, Cavalleria Rusticana, Il Pagliacci, Regina, La Bohème, The Sorcerer, Of Mice and Men, Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Rappaccini’s Daughter. As a longtime associate of Harold Prince, he has worked on a dozen Broadway productions including the premiere productions of Pacific Overtures; Sweeney Todd; Evita and Merrily We Roll Along. In addition, he has directed Mr. Prince’s production of The Phantom of the Opera throughout the world.  He is the Co-founder of the Musical Theater Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts.

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Interested in your own Sunday Series? Contact  David Flora, Sunday Series Coordinator.


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