CrossCURRENT, a concert interfacing new American music and traditional arias, will be performed by Underworld Productions Opera on Saturday, March 31, 2012 at 7:30 at the Shrine Church of St. Anthony of Padua, 154 Sullivan Street in the SoHo section of New York City.  The music of Justine F. Chen, UPO’s 2011-2012 Composer in Residence, will be featured. Following the CrossCURRENT concert, Ms. Chen will engage in Q&A and discussion with the audience; Suzanne Martinucci will moderate.

The CrossCurrent concert will feature selections from Chen’s opera Jeanne based on the life of Joan of Arc; New York Scenes; and her short opera with text by Ken Gass, Voice for a Future Nightingale. Additional selections by living American composers on the program include The Well-Tempered Woman by Stefania de Kenessey – cabaret songs written in each of the 12 keys; Ben Yarmonlinsky’s songs on poetry by Samuel Menashe; and works for soprano and clarinet by Henry Papale. Traditional operatic arias will provide a foil for these works. The works will be performed by UPO Resident Artists and guest singers including Nils Neubert, tenor and Barry Robinson, baritone, with Elizabeth Rodgers, piano and Kostja Kostic, clarinet.