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Miriam and the Women of the Desert
A musical journey based on Torah and Midrash
The Exodus told through Miriam’s eyes
By Composer Sheila Firestone
World Premiere Stage Concert Version
Sunday, February 24, 2019, 4:00 PM
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 188 Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, Florida 33444
Premiere Stage Performance
In Cooperation with the Empire Stage Theatre
1140 N. Flagler Drive, Ft. Lauderdale, Fl 33304
Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8 PM Saturday March 30, 2019, 8 PM; Sunday March 31, 2019, 8 PM
Thursday April 4, 2019, 8 PM; Saturday April 6, 2019, 8PM and Sunday, April 7, 2019, 8 PM
Presented by Songs for a New Day and Capitol Opera of South Florida
The Overture, a Prelude and Fugue introduces the tribe as it wanders the desert. They call to G-d using modern Hebrew names.
As a fugue begins, the women share some insights.
Learn more about Miriam and the Women of the Desert…
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Miriam and the Women of the Desert
A New Musical 90 minutes Tells the story of the Exodus from the perspective of the women of the desert. Producers are encouraged to inquire. Full piano, vocal and small orchestral scores are available. Contact me here.
A Grandchildren’s Suite: Seven pieces inspired by my six grandchildren, capturing special moments in time.
- Sarah The Cat
- Skater’s Waltz
- For Fun
- Piano Study in D
- Walk With a Curious Child
- Tween Talk
- March to Victory on a Computer Game
Ancient Blue Threads
Music to welcome Shabbat, holidays and special occasions. Settings of traditional and original prayers with music.
- Bim Bam (Shabbat Shalom)
- Mi Chamocha (Traditional Prayer)
- You Shall Love the Eternal God (V’ahavtah)
- Bruchim Habaim (Welcoming Peace)
- Praise the Lord (Psalm 117)
- Let’s Build a Sukkah
- Let There Be Light (Chanukah Song)
- Oh God How Will I Know You?
- Prelude to a Dream
- Mazel Tov (Wedding Song)
- Farloren (Yom Ha Shoah) (Holocaust remembrance)
- Tallit of Sisterhood
- Refuah Shleimah (Healing Song)
- Dancing in the Light of God (feat. Cantor David Presler)
- Adon Olam (Traditional Prayer) [feat. Cantor David Presler]
“Farewell,” Adagio for Strings
Music by Sheila Firestone
DVD by Bruce Firestone
Included in the Delian Society, Ye New Music Fayre,2010,” Neo-Classical, DVD – “Farewell,” Adagio for Strings – created in remembrance of Gertrude Firestone. The imagery suggest life’s passing moments and the remembrance of ancient cultures. Enjoy more music at www.sheilafirestone.com.
The creation of a string trio, followed by my first symphony and then a concerto all are now available to you as midi-performances.
The Peace Patch Dance Suite, and Sing and Think, a children’s program of “Dawn to Dusk Activities” to help grow happy, productive children is also available.
The excerpt you see here was from a performance of “The Peace Patch”. You will see other examples of students working cooperatively on a few of the educational activities.
“Maya,” is a lullaby from the Piano Favorites No. 2 CD and portions of “Sonata No. 1” are also heard.
The Namaste MP3 clip is from a meditation CD which can be used with massage, for healing and for relaxation.
“Rara Avis” is a four-part vocal setting of a poem by Elline Lipkin for chorus (two sections each of altos and baritones) with piano accompaniment. The poem “Rara Avis” appears in the author’s The Errant Thread, recently published by Kore Press:
This vocal performance is by David Solomons of the DWS Chorale.
— Elline Lipkin at Kore Press
“I was struck by the playfulness of Elline’s words and by the visual images conjured up by the word groupings. I found many of the words mysterious and fascinating. Somehow there was a strong sensory image through each of the verses.
The brief hints between verses about the crafting of the work gave me clues as to where the dance would lead. My surprise at the end was to find that this poem was about my own fallibilities and dreams, ‘hoping one would drop, then surge into star.’ It was about the wonder of creation, of calling forth the muses, of drawing art from the glyph.”
My relationship with this lovely poet began when I served as a teacher in a program where young children with many abilities were encouraged to find their passions.
At the tender age of nine or ten, Elline’s emerged in the form of poetry. In truth, her first book of poetry was lovingly handcrafted in the classroom. I remember gasping at the sweetness of her words and hand-drawn illustrations, running my fingers over the pages of a delicately created hand-sewn and bound volume, never dreaming that crafting words would become the child’s life-work.
How honored I was to learn that I would have The Errant Thread, Elline’s first published volume, dedicated to me. I could not help but choose ‘Rara Avis’ to set in a musical framework.”
“During a discussion about Ezekiel, I realized that opportunities for growth come after experiencing being in rather narrow places. In this instance Ezekiel deals with the exodus from Egypt and the idea that from having experienced enslavement, new spiritual breath could bring bones back to life.
“The message: every difficult situation brings with it the possibility for positive change. What better story of skeletons as a metaphor for hope could there be?
“I knew immediately that this would be my subject for the Delian Suite.” in 2006 with the topic of “Spirits, Spooks and Sprites.”
Words with permission from The Holy Scriptures: The New JPS Translation to the Traditional Hebrew Text, ©1985 by The Jewish Publication Society, with the permission of the publisher.
One night while doodling around this improvisation took shape. It was just what my husband Bruce needed as he began this short experimental DVD movie.
The music later unfolds into my Sonata No. 1 and then into a segment from the Seven Chroma Preludes in Five which appear on Piano Favorites No. 1 and 2.
Let’s build a sukkah to see the stars.
We’ll build a sukkah to remember who we are.
From the fruits of our labour to the
good deeds that we share.
From the seeds of our love
come the truths that show we care. (2X)
We built a sukkah!
We built a sukkah!
Together making our world sweet.