Reassemble With Care is a staged song cycle for amplified soprano and chamber ensemble. The cycle is made up of composed music by Dominick DiOrio, spoken word and improvised music, all set to text by Maggie Finnegan.  The poetry is inspired by Maggie's own experience with sexual harassment and assault. 

[A word from Maggie] 

One out of six American women has experienced sexual assault, and yet so many of us remain silent about our experiences.  Being the subject of sexual harassment and assault left me feeling isolated, shameful and confused, even with the amazing support system I had in my friends, family and therapist.  It's been over 10 years and I still find myself feeling comforted, relieved and inspired when I hear other survivors' stories.  My hope in creating this piece is for others to find even a glimmer of truth or shared experience in this performance.  

What you're  feeling is normal.  What happened to you is not your fault. This does not define you.

Maggie Finnegan [Creator, Librettist, Soprano]

Hailed by the Washington Post for her “silvery, pitch-perfect voice” and by Opera News for her “noteworthy acting prowess,” Maggie Finnegan is a versatile soprano, singing repertoire spanning from medieval to contemporary. Awards include the S&R Foundation's 2017 Washington Award, First Place in the Washington International Competition for Voice, and second place in The American Prize for Women in Opera. Specializing in new music, she has sung premieres with the {Re}Happening Festival, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, The American Chamber Opera Company,Vital Opera and the Center for Contemporary Opera. Career highlights include The Sound of Music with Paper Mill Playhouse, The Metropolitan Opera Guild's School Touring Program, and was featured as a soloist in the revival of the play Extraordinary Measures, in which she worked with tony award winning playwright/activist Eve Ensler.

An avid concert performer and recitalist, Maggie made her international concert debut last season at the PyeongChang Winter Music Festival in South Korea. Recent concert appearances include performances with with Beth Morrison Projects, the Avanti Orchestra, the Capital Fringe Festival Chamber Series, The New Dominion Chorale, the City Choir of Washington, Boston Lyric Opera Signature Series, the Handel and Haydn Society and the Halcyon Stage. She is a core member of the critically acclaimed chamber ensemble The Broken Consort

This season includes Maggie's European Operatic debut in L'Enfant et les Sortileges with the Belgian National Orchestra, her German and Dutch debuts in Louis Andriessien's Odysseus' Women / Anais Nin, the world premiere of PermaDeath: A Video Game Opera and a duo recital with opera star Stephanie Blythe. 

 www.maggiefinnegansoprano.com

 

Dominick DiOrio [Composer]

The music of young American composer Dominick DiOrio has been called “a tour de force of inventive thinking and unique colour” (Gramophone) and “[full of] sunny rays of heavenly light” (Opera News). In 2014, he was named the winner of The American Prize in Composition with the judges saying "his depth of vision, mastery of compositional technique, and unique style set him in a category by himself."

DiOrio has a particular affinity for the human voice. He has written two operas, three choral symphonies, many extended song cycles, and numerous works for choruses of all sizes and abilities. He is deeply committed to equality of opportunity and many of his compositions explore issues of social justice, inequity, and the role of communities in society. 

His music is widely performed, published, and recorded, having been presented in major venues across the United States as well as in Austria, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. Recent commissions include new works for Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Soli Deo Gloria and Cor Cantiamo, the University of Missouri Kansas City and the University of Illinois for its sesquicentennial celebration. His works are published with Boosey & Hawkes, Carl Fischer, G. Schirmer, Oxford, and others; and they can be heard on albums released with Divergence, MSR Classics, Naxos of America / Seraphic Fire Media, and New Dynamic Records.

Also an accomplished conductor, DiOrio has guest conducted ensembles both domestically and abroad including the Young People's Chorus of New York City, the University of Maryland Chamber Singers, the University of Hawai’i Choirs, Ars Veritas (Göteborg), and the Houston Chamber Choir. Hired at age 28 and promoted to associate professor at 31, DiOrio is the youngest-ever tenured member of the conducting faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He is the director of NOTUS, an elite chamber chorus that specializes in performing and commissioning new music of living composers. 

DiOrio earned the DMA, MMA, and MM degrees in conducting from the Yale School of Music, and the BM in composition from Ithaca College. 

www.dominickdiorio.com

 

Rachel Dart [Director]

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Rachel Dart is a New York City-based director who brings a feminist perspective to both new play development and existing works. Rachel is also the founder of Let Us Work, an advocacy group that aims to combat and end sexual harassment in theater by effecting change in policy and culture.

Directing credits include EST/Sloan, EST/Youngblood, Culture Project, #serials at The Flea, York Theatre, the Frigid Festival, The New Collectives, and The Atlantic Alumni Workshop and Acting School. Rachel is a proud alumna of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Professional Training Company, the Williamstown Theatre Festival Directing Corps, and DirectorsLabChicago. She has assisted at The Vineyard, BAM, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, and The Acting Company, among others. BFA, Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Rachel is currently assisting Daniel Sullivan on The Nap on Broadway as a Samuel J. Friedman Directing Fellow at Manhattan Theatre Club.  

www.racheldart.com