NYC Premiere of Bourland’s FLIGHT INTO EGYPT

October 9, 2007

Here is a press release for the premiere of my little chamber opera, FLIGHT INTO EGYPT. Wish me luck!
Fri Oct 5 07:09:53 2007 Pacific Time

ADVISORY for Wednesday, Oct. 10
Musical Feast at Union Theological Seminary Features Premiere of Bourland’s ‘The Flight into Egypt’

NEW YORK, Oct. 5 (AScribe Newswire) — On Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m., Union Theological Seminary will be the site for the world premiere of composer Roger Bourland’s “The Flight into Egypt,” a short opera inspired by a play of the same name by the late Thornton Wilder.

The characters are Hepzibah (a donkey), Our Lady (Mary), and St. Joseph (her husband). The setting is The Holy Land and Egypt.

The performance is free and open to the public. It will take place in the Seminary’s historic James Chapel, 3041 Broadway (at 121st Street) in Manhattan.

“The Flight into Egypt” is one of the 16 short-short plays written by Thornton Wilder between 1915 and 1927 that collectively make up his first volume of published drama, “The Angel that Troubled the Waters and Other Plays” (1928). This slender volume, full of themes to be found in Wilder’s later fiction and drama, appeared the year after the staggering success of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Bridge of San Luis Rey.” The composer, as well as Tappan Wilder, nephew of Thornton Wilder and the literary executor of the Thornton Wilder Estate, will be present for the premiere and will be available to meet with reporters.

Union’s current musicians and artists in residence will also be presenting a choral and organ concert to celebrate the legacy of Union’s School of Sacred Music and its graduates, many of whom are returning to the Seminary October 11-12 with other alumni/ae for 2007 Reunions.

Union Theological Seminary, founded in 1836, is an independent, ecumenical graduate school of theology with the mission to educate men and women for ministries in the Christian faith, service in contemporary society, and study of the great issues of our time. The Seminary believes that the city remains a critical training ground for facing such issues. The Seminary is located in Morningside Heights and has ties with Columbia University and other educational institutions in New York City. For more information about Union, visit


CONTACT: Joann Anand, Union Theological Seminary Media Relations, 212-280-1510, 212-731-9883 (after hours),

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Gary Philo October 12, 2007 at 8:08 am

Hi Roger,
How was your premiere? I found out about it too late to attend – it would have been terrific to see you.

Roger Bourland October 12, 2007 at 11:08 am

Hi Gary!

Yeah, I didn’t contact anyone as I flew in and flew out on this one. And besides this blog, I am my own worst promoter. Someday…


{Gary Philo is one of the founding members of the Composers in Red Sneakers, along with his irresistible wife, Amy Reich, both are old friends and classmates.}

Brad Wood October 14, 2007 at 9:08 pm

Did the east coast vouchsafe you a review?

Gary Philo October 17, 2007 at 5:29 am

Hi Roger,
I am going to tell Amy that you think she is irresistible! I am sure she will have something to say about that. I wanted also to let you know that some piano music of mine (Three Pieces for Piano) has just been released, on Capstone Records, played by another old friend, Nicholas Underhill. ‘Talk’ to you soon –

Roger Bourland October 17, 2007 at 5:32 am

Say hi to Nick for me! A great guy!
You may remember that Amy used to call me Boring Boris Borland…
So give her a pinch for me. And she IS irresistable.

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