Starship Paradise (working title)
Music by Dale Trumbore; Libretto by Julie Kane
A young man and woman have been created in a scientist’s laboratory to live forever, so that they can man a spaceship sending data back to earth from deep space. They have everything they need on board the ship, which contains a biosphere and food garden—but the young man begins to get bored. They are not supposed to touch the main computer that controls their mission—but what if it has video games on it? With the computer itself seemingly egging him on, the young man touches the computer’s controls. Alarms go off, and the young woman meddles with the computer, too, trying to silence it. When the Commander of their mission finds out that they have disobeyed orders, he curses them and the computer, too. He vows to put them out on the nearest planet, where they will no longer be immortal, and they will have to struggle to survive. Though they will be cast from their perfect biosphere into a rocky new land, the man and woman express their love for each other and their hope to populate this new home.
About the Creators
DALE TRUMBORE, composerHailed by the New York Times for her “soaring melodies and beguiling harmonies,” Los Angeles-based composer Dale Trumbore has received numerous commissions, grants, and awards for her compositions. These include Chanticleer’s Composition Contest, WomenSing’s Youth Inspiring Youth Composer Contest, Center City Opera Theater’s Art Song Composer Competition, the Society for Universal Sacred Music's Composition Contest, the Lyrica Chamber Music Composition Contest, the Sadye J. Moss Composition Prize, the Walsum Award, and the National Federation of Music Clubs Composition Contest. Trumbore has also been awarded the American Composers Forum’s Subito grant and the Artist in Residence grant at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. An accomplished composer of choral music, Trumbore has received commissions from the American Choral Directors Association, WomenSing, the Six Degree Singers, the Harmonium Choral Society, Trinity University's Voix d'Esprit, the Orange County Women's Chorus, and the Millburn High School Chorus & Orchestra. The New York Virtuoso Singers’ live recording of Trumbore’s choral work Est autem fides credere was recently released on their CD Toward Lasting Peace (Soundbrush Records). Trumbore’s composition the whole sea in motion for SATB chorus & piano will be published by the G. Schirmer Dale Warland Choral Series in 2013. The Kronos Quartet premiered Trumbore’s string quartet How it will go as part of their residency at the University of Maryland in 2009. Other ensembles that have performed Trumbore’s instrumental compositions include ACME, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Neave Quartet, the Left Bank Concert Society, the Nova Ensemble, the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and the USC Thornton Symphony. Trumbore’s debut CD of original art-songs, Snow White Turns Sixty (Dissonant Gorgeous Productions), features soprano Gillian Hollis and composer/pianist Trumbore performing three song cycles hailed as “a welcome addition to the soprano recital repertoire” (Ronni Reich, the Star Ledger). In their Snow White Turns Sixty national concert tour, Hollis and Trumbore performed songs from the CD alongside new works in California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, and New Jersey. New Jersey native Trumbore holds a Master of Music degree in Composition from the University of Southern California, where she studied with Donald Crockett and Morten Lauridsen. Trumbore graduated magna cum laude with a double degree from the University of Maryland: a B.M. in Music Composition and a B.A. in English Language and Literature. Her dual interest in text and music often leads her to write music for voice, collaborating frequently with contemporary poets. www.daletrumbore.com
JULIE KANE, librettistJulie Kane is the current Louisiana Poet Laureate. A former George Bennett Fellow in Writing at Phillips Exeter Academy and Fulbright Scholar to Lithuania, she is a Professor of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana.
Two of her poems have been set to music by composer Libby Larsen. “Blond Men” was premiered at the Ravinia Music Festival as part of the song cycle “Love After 1950” and was recorded on The Eternal Feminine CD by mezzo-soprano Susanne Mentzer. “Reasons for Loving the Harmonica” was premiered at the 60th Anniversary Concert of The American Boychoir and was recorded on their CD Fast Cats and Mysterious Cows. Her poem “The Mermaid Story,” set by Dale Trumbore, was premiered by the Chamber Opera of the University of Southern California and was recorded on the CD Snow White Turns Sixty by soprano Gillian Hollis. Trumbore has also set four more of Kane’s poems, one of which (“House Made Out of Mud”) became a finalist for the 2006 Ithaca College Choral Composition Contest.
Her poetry collections include Jazz Funeral (2009), which received the Donald Justice Poetry Prize, and Rhythm & Booze (2003), a winner of the National Poetry Series and finalist for the 2005 Poets’ Prize. With Kiem Do, she co-authored the Vietnam memoir Counterpart (1998), which became a History Book Club featured alternate selection. Her poems appear in more than thirty anthologies and in journals such as The Antioch Review, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, and The Southern Review. They have also been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor.