Letter to Friend: New 2012 Activities from Bill B

Notes From Cuba - December, 15, 2012

"Gertrude Stein Invents A Jump Early On" is a new music opera about Gertrude Stein's struggle to establish herself as a writer, to define what her writing was going to accomplish, deal with her critics especially her brother Leo, and to accept the overwhelming recognition once she became known to the American public. The new music opera is a collaboration between poet Karren LaLonde Alenier and composer William Banfield. Nancy Rhodes of Encompass New Opera Theatre is the artistic director. Encompass New Opera Theatre will premier this opera in New York City. The program entitled A Gertrude Stein Musical Trilogy will include two short vocal compositions by Virgil Thomson and Ned Rorem both based on texts by Gertrude Stein. The dates of the premier are June 15-18, 2005.

"Talk to the Music," (The Town Talk May 20, 2004)(Alexandria/Pineville, LA)

Composer William Banfield Selected for Alexandria/Pineville, LA Continental Harmony Project (Oct. 27, 2003).

Review:  Some Like it Straight, and Some Like it Hot (NY Times Feb. 15, 2000)

B Magic Orchestra Charmed to Receive Jerome Grant, (St. Paul Pioneer Press, Dec. 7, 2002)