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17th Annual Fresh Voices Festival

A Celebration of the Human Spirit!

August 5, 12, 19 & 27, 2017

Goat Hall Productions presents

Fresh Voices XVII—Feet First into the Fire!



Three new works featuring the lyrics

of four poetsspiritual, romantic, humorous,

tragic, intimate, dramatic, and provoking.

The Mysteries

Helena Michelson

Composer Helena Michelson's The Mysteries sets the austere but rich and highly musical text of American poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961). The language of the text is allusive and evocative describing rites of love and fertility. H.D. also speaks of spiritual transformation. The most striking element reflected in the music is the ritualistic ecstasy which the three female singers experience— separately and together— in a kind of trance.


Singers Meghan Dibble, Teressa Foss, and Jamie Samantha Lee

will perform The Mysteries.

The League of Minor Characters

John Bilotta

The League of Minor Characters presents works by American poets Kathleen Flenniken and Ron Koertge. There are four character vignettes in the song cycle, tied together by intersecting and contradictory moods — humorous, dramatic, sardonic and sentimental: a rush to adventure, a flight to solitude, dreams smashing into regrets, happiness, illusion, and desire. Composer John Bilotta's song settings are operatic in scope but cabaret in style, including The League of Minor Characters (Flenniken), Nancy Drew, Cinderella’s Diary & Kryptonite (Koertge).

The League of Minor Characters will be performed by Jacqueline Goldgorin and Teressa Foss.

Defiled Is My Name

Frank Johnson

Dark days in November 2016 inspired Frank Johnson's song with its unusual meter and structure. The poem appears in very old song settings; arranged here it is a brief scene, with Anne Boleyn reflecting on her state while awaiting her beheading. Through terror, longing for life, despair, passion, the language and the emotions and the woman become one in her last hour as she faces the inevitability: “For now I die.”


Meghan Dibble will perform Defiled Is My Name.



  Mark Alburger         “2017” & Cats, Dogs and Divas

  John Bilotta             The League of Minor Characters

  Doug Brandt            Our Little Secret

  Allan Crossman        And Now…The Humans & Veganlied

  Robert Denham       The Way Home

  Frank Johnson         Defiled Is My Name

  Helena Michelson    The Mysteries

  Dikkie Schoggen      Aging Grace


Patrick Brancato          Don Hardwick       Jamie Samantha Lee

Meghan Dibble            Cathy Kuehnert     Phoebe Anne Sorgen

Teressa Foss               Valerie Salcedo     Ryann Swale

Jacqueline Goldgorin    Gigi Walker          Harriet March Page

                           Frank Johnson, Piano


                 Saturday, August 5, 2017    8:00PM
                 Saturday, August 12, 2017  8:00PM 
                 Bay Area Stage
                 515 Broadway St., Suite “H”, Vallejo, California
                 Saturday, August 19, 2017  7:30PM
                 St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
                 1501 Washington Avenue, Albany, California
                 Sunday, August 27, 2017  4:00PM
                 Community Music Center
                 544 Capp Street, San Francisco, California


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