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Descent into Madness: Miss Donnithorne's Maggot and Other Cautionary Music
Brightwork newmusic & Stacey Fraser
Music Style: Contemporary Classical
February 09, 2018 @ 8pm (pre-show discussion at 7:15pm)

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7:15pm Pre-Show Discussion
Join us before the show for a discussion with Jack Van Zandt who studied with Maxwell Davies and is an expert on his work.

An edgy staging of Peter Maxwell Davies’ devilishly difficult ensemble “Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot”. With new compositions by Veronika Krausas, Jason Barabba, and Somei Satoh.


  • Brightwork newmusic
  • Stacey Fraser (soprano)
  • Anthony Parnther (conductor)
  • Alexis Ramirez (The Maid)
  • Stage Direction by Terry Smith
  • Costume Design by Andre Harrington
  • Lighting Design by Jason Mann


  • Un-intermezzi by Veronika Krausas 
    • 1. each dreams the other 
    • 3. a bowl for shadows… 
    • 5. a chorus of night-things 
  • Organism by Jason Barabba
  • Birds in Warped Time II by Somei Satoh
  • Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot Peter Maxwell Davies 
    • 1. Prelude
    • 2. Miss Donnithorne’s Maggot
    • 3. Recitative
    • 4. Her Dump
    • 5. Nocturne
    • 6. Her Rant
    • 7. Recitative
    • 8. Her Reel

About the Artists

Brightwork newmusic

Brightwork newmusic is a classical new music sextet based in Los Angeles, California. A flexible and fearless group of world-class musicians, Brightwork consists of piano, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, percussion (an instrumentation which is often called “Pierrot percussion,” and which is to modern chamber music what the string quartet was to earlier centuries), and champions the best of the music that’s being written today, while continuing to play the classics of “new” music from the last hundred years.

We play the music we love, whether this is one of our favorite masterworks of the 20th century, or the latest dazzling score from a composer whose music we just discovered. What the listener can expect at a Brightwork concert–at the very least–is exciting, emotionally engaging music presented in state-of-the-art performances. Brightwork seeks to draw the audience into the creative process.

Stacey Fraser

Described as having a “wonderfully controlled soprano voice” by Alex Ross of the New York Times and “an astonishing presence” by Jennifer de Poyen of the San Diego Union Tribune, Canadian soprano Stacey Fraser’s eclectic musical interests have led her to sing on international operatic, concert and theatre stages across the United States, Canada, Asia and Europe. She has appeared as a soloist for the San Diego Opera, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Kennedy Center, National Concert Hall Taiwan, ISCM Taiwan, Musicasa Concert Hall in Tokyo, Japan, the Thailand Composition Festival, the Americké Jaro Festival in Prednasek, Czech Republic, Red Square Gallery Hong Kong, Festival Eduardo Mata in Oaxaca, Mexico, Vancouver Symphony, Kazan Co-Op Theatre in Halifax, Canada, South Dakota Symphony, La Jolla Symphony, San Bernardino Symphony, Banff Centre, Tanglewood Music Center, Asia Society NYC, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York City. Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times recently stated in a review of LA’s Tuesdays @ Monk Space concert of the iconic solo Sequenza works by Luciano Berio that, “Stacey Fraser made the Sequenza into a seamless aria, sure of musical direction while missing none of the humor or the frightening shocks of horror.”

Anthony Parnther

American conductor Anthony Parnther has led orchestras throughout the United States, Korea, China, Australia, and across Europe and South America. He is in demand as a conductor for Hollywood scoring sessions for motion picture, television, and video game music consumed worldwide. His versatility as a conductor has landed him in collaboration with legendary artists in all genres including Joshua Bell, Frederica von Stade, Yundi Li, Darren Criss, RZA, Wu Tang Clan, the Canadian Brass, Kanye West, Beyonce, Edgar Meyer, Jon Faddis, Bruce Vilanch, Wes Borland, Imagine Dragons, and Rihanna.

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