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Matthew Modine and Melissa Errico star in More between Heaven and Earth: A Benefit for Americans United for Separation of Church and State 12/17/11

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On Saturday, December 17th at 8:00pm at The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 E. 61st St.
Salon/Sanctuary Concerts

Thomas Jefferson, Maria Cosway, and the Music and Philosophy of the Enlightenment

Internationally renowned actor, Golden Globe Winner, and multiple Emmy Nominee
Matthew Modine

TONY-Award Nominee and Broadway Star
Melissa Errico

star in a unique dramatic presentation drawn from the passionate letters of Thomas Jefferson and painter/composer/musician Maria Cosway, intertwined with the performance of music mentioned in their correspondance, including works by Sacchini, Hewitt, and rarely performed compositions by Cosway herself.

Featuring performances by Jessica Gould, soprano and Karim Sulayman, tenor
with Members of the Clarion Society Orchestra
Stage Direction by Erica Gould

Protean genius and primary architect of the Doctrine of Separation of Church and State, Jefferson was also an accomplished violinist and four-year resident of Paris before he became our third President. His romance with the married, Italian-born Maria Cosway during his post as Minister Plenipotentiary to France leaves a trove of letters which render the soundscape of the French Revolution with startling precision. This performance will combine a theatrical presentation of excerpts from their passionate correspondence, which continued for forty years, interwoven with performances of the music they heard. Repertoire will include selections from Sacchini’s opera Dardanus, songs by James Hewitt, and rare compositions by Cosway herself. More Between Heaven and Earth is part of a larger artistic endeavor to "reclaim the Founding Fathers from the Tea Party." A portion of the proceeds from the performance will be donated to Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

Saturday, December 17th, 2011
The Abigail Adams Smith Auditorium
417 East 61st Street Between 1st and York Avenues

$100 front seating, $50 rear seating, $35 student tickets available at door with ID
(212) 866-0468
Click here for more info!

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