Concert Works
Polygraphiae
Euridice Remix
The Chronicle Orb

Theatre Works
The Soul of the Rock
The Lost Mansion of Sojourn
Talking to Myself
S p (l) a c e s

Experimental
Solo Piano
Off-Topic Collective
Live Electronic Music
From My Window
Leaving Venice
Modulations
Artifacts
Elevator
Subway

NoiseReductionSociety
The production company of performer and composer
James Hegarty
- Now in our 15th year.

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The Soul of the Rock is an documentary opera based on the lives and words of both well known and obscure individuals who have worked for world peace through non-violence. Speeches and writings from Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are interwoven with original texts in a poeetical libretto.

The opera is in two acts and is scored for soprano, bass/baritone, chorus, violin, cello, percussion, keyboard, and pre-recorded computer music with live sound diffusion. Video projections and dance are also featured.

It has been performed in Chicago, New York, and St. Louis. The most recent St. Louis performances featured soprano Kathryn Stieler. The St. Louis performances were also enhanced by choreography by Susan Gash of the Gash/Voigt Dance Theatre. The New York performances featured soprano Ollie Watts Davis and were presented at HERE.

This work was developed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts Opera and Musical Theatre Program.

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