SHOT!
Composer: Persis Parshall Vehar
Librettist: Gabrielle Vehar
Other Artistic Personnel: Director: David Grabarkewitz
Original Cast: John Packard (Leon Czolgosz)
Mariateresa Magisano (Ida McKinley)
Valerian Ruminski (President McKinley)
Eric Fennel (Cortelyou)
Michelle Capalbo (Emma Goldman)
Premiere Date: June 10, 2015
Description: SHOT! was written after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords in 2011.  By going back into American history, the opera begins with the assassination of President McKinley in 1901 at the Pan-American Exposition.   The opera then proceeds to show the effects of terrorism, both politically and personally, for the McKinleys, the terrorist Czolgosz, the United States, and others affected by the act.
Character List (Major): President McKinley (bass)
Ida McKinley (soprano)
Leon Czolgosz (baritone)
Vaudevillian (tenor)
Mr. Milburn (baritone)
Mrs. Milburn (soprano)
James Parker (bass)
Emma Goldman (soprano)
Length: 02:35
Total Acts: 2
Musical Style: "Vehar's music a masterly integration of many supposedly mutually exclusive elements--comfortably jazzoid passages cleverly intertwined with harsh moments, and moments wherein patches of rather severe dissonance uncannily melt into soaring lyricism with an undeniably American accent."
-Fanfare magazine
Contact: Persis Parshall Vehar
E-mail Address: PPVehar@aol.com
Phone: (607) 257-1539
Composer Web Site: http://www.persisvehar.com
Publisher Web Site: http://www.persisvehar.com/
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