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Cooperstown: Jazz Opera in Nine Innings

Sasha Matson, Various Artists

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Cooperstown, Act 1 Scene 1  
1.1
Chart 1
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
1:55
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 1  
1.2
First Inning
Sasha Matson; Rod Gilfry; Daniel Montenegro; Daniel Favela; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Molin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
5:39
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 2  
1.3
Chart 2
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
0:52
1.4
Second Inning
Sasha Matson; Julie Adams; Carin Gilfry; Daniel Montenegro; Daniel Favela; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
7:08
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 3  
1.5
Chart 3
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
0:51
1.6
Third Inning
Sasha Matson; Carin Gilfry; Rod Gilfry; Daniel Montenegro; Daniel Favela; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
6:38
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 4  
1.7
Chart 4
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
1:22
1.8
Fourth Inning
Sasha Matson; Julie Adams; Carin Gilfry; Daniel Montenegro; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
9:43
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 5  
1.9
Chart 5
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
0:52
1.10
Fifth Inning
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland; Daniel Favela; Carin Gilfry
5:55
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 6  
1.11
Chart 6
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
1:03
1.12
Sixth Inning
Sasha Matson; Rod Gilfry; Daniel Montenegro; Daniel Favela; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
6:18
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 7  
1.13
Chart 7
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
1:18
1.14
Seventh Inning
Sasha Matson; Julie Adams; Carin Gilfry; Daniel Favela; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
7:03
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 8  
1.15
Chart 8
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Ribgy; Sean Wayland
1:28
1.16
Eighth Inning
Sasha Matson; Julie Adams; Carin Gilfry; Daniel Montenegro; Daniel Favela; Rod Gilfry; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
8:25
Cooperstown, Act I Scene 9  
1.17
Chart 9
Sasha Matson; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
1:19
1.18
Ninth Inning
Sasha Matson; Julie Adams; Carin Gilfry; Daniel Montenegro; Daniel Favela; Rod Gilfry; Gernot Bernroider; Russ Johnson; Rich Mollin; Jason Rigby; Sean Wayland
10:07
Total Playing Time    77:56
“… an inventive and winning chamber opera … first class with excellent instrumentalists … and luxury casting for the five roles … Cooperstown offers a captivating listening experience, and there are enough delights in the recording to wish that some venue might wish to mount a live production! Highly recommended to jazz and opera lovers alike – not to mention baseball fans!” - Fanfare The word opera conjures up images of large casts, a huge orchestra and chorus and massive logistical issues. Not Cooperstown! A jazz opera in nine innings, Cooperstown utilizes five solo singers and a 1950s modern jazz quintet. Based on A. Bartlett Giamatti's essay, "The Green Fields of the Mind," composer Sasha Matson has, with librettist Mark Miller, used baseball as an art form, with the capacity to express the deepest emotional truths about individuals and society. Matson reflects baseball's own specific historical musical attributes in his composition. One is the sound of the stadium organ, which led him to score the music for a "Miles" jazz quintet. This particular grouping of instruments is as capable as any large orchestra of realizing music in all its potential variety. The musical materials boil down to the rising three-chord "Charge" fanfare still heard in stadiums everywhere. Sasha Matson graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and UCLA, where he received his Ph.D. He has scored music for feature film and other multi-media in addition to own his compositional work. He writes about audio and music and is an associate editor for Positive Feedback Online.
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