Summer/Fall 2020 Music-Theatre Group

Alliance for New Music-Theatre

2021 Summer & Fall Season of Live & About – 11th Season

A Journey in Musical Languages across the Spectrum of Music-Theatre

Through Performance & Conversation


Alliance for New Music-Theatre is pleased to announce that we are re-launching our “Live & About” series in collaboration with OLLI. This program, which was added to OLLI classes in 2018, was interrupted in the spring of 2020 due to the pandemic.

Until we can meet again in person and attend live music-theatre performances in the DMV we hope you will rejoin Alliance for New Music-Theatre as we re-emerge this spring with our new digital line up of Short Gems.

Last year, in the midst of the Covid shutdown, we commissioned six teams of creative artists to respond to a work of art in The Phillips Collection as part of their Centennial Year Celebration and also to refract through new works of music-theatre something about conversations from this past challenging year. Each piece is from 10-25 Minutes, created by different composer-lyricist teams, and featuring a single instrument in a variety of musical styles.

 Now on a monthly basis, starting in early June we will feature the six Short Gems videos on YouTube. Following the viewing period, we will host an on-line discussion for each work with two options for joining on a weekday evening or weekend. These discussions will further explore the intent of the work, often with the artists or invited guest who may have a special relationship with the featured artist's work.

The videos will be available for viewing one week before each discussion.

Number of sessions:





Alliance for New Music-Theatre will directly contact all registered participants with details to access the video of each work and the link to the discussion sessions.



Registration for this special group is separate from the summer/fall sessions and is on a first come, first-served basis. Size limit: 25



Friday, May 28 at 8:00 AM



$60 per person (the entire series of six Short Gems videos and follow-on discussions). Refunds are available ONLY if group is cancelled due to low enrollment.



There needs to be at least 10 people registered to hold this group.

If you have any questions, please contact Duane Gelderloos at


This is the schedule for the on-line discussions:

1st & 2nd Short Gem –  Responding to the photos of William Christenberry in “Journey to You” and looking inside the art of Helen Frankenthaler in “Outside – In The Canyon”

  • Thursday, June 3 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, June 6 at 5pm

3rd Short Gem – What Jacob Lawrence has to say to us today about Black mothers’ fears for their sons in “Strength to Love”

  • Thursday, June 24 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, June 27 at 5 pm

4th Short Gem – Shoot down the rabbit hole to the surreal world of artist Man Ray in an operatic invention featuring a narcissistic lead in “Caesar and the Mannequin”

  • Thursday, July 22 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, July 25 at 5 pm

5th Short Gem – Experience a watery, vibrational world found in “The Rothko Room”

  • Thursday, August 26 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, August 29 at 5 pm

6th Short Gem – Benny Andrews painting “Trail of Tears” is given a contemporary cast through the composer-lyricist team of indigenous artists collaborating with African-American baritone Jarrod Lee.

  • Thursday, September 23 at 7 pm
  • Sunday, September 26 at 5 pm

To see a promotional piece of the six works, click here:


Alliance for New Music-Theatre will directly contact all registered participants with details to access the video of each work and the link to the discussion sessions.

Register for this Event