Quog Music Theater Inc, is a 501(c)3 with the continuing mission to perform the music theater works and sustain the legacy of innovative, avant garde composer Eric Salzman who passed away in November 2017. Under the leadership of Salzman’s artistic executor, singer/composer Scott Joiner, Quog Music Theater will continue Eric’s mission to foster, promote and produce music theater and the artists who create it.
"The potential of new music theater forms can only be fully explored and realized in ensemble fashion... It was with these considerations in mind that I founded Quog in 1970... In the broadest sense, music theater deals with the relationships between musical and nonmusical experience. Music, sound, language, expressive gesture, movement, image, idea, thinking, feeling, all extended over the broadest range of possibility, are the raw materials; change and culture shock, and human values in a technological mass culture, are the subjects of new forms."
Quog Music Theater in collaboration with Gramercy Opera and Victoria Bond's Cutting Edge Concerts New Music Festival, presented the world premiere staged production of Big Jim & the Small Time Investors at Symphony Space APRIL 9, 2018 at 7:30
A man of mystery and intrigue, "Big Jim" King claims to have invented a virtual reality machine that allows users to experience their wildest fantasies. A charismatic genius with a desire to lead, Jim is also an ambitious L.A. business man who walks the line between con-man and cult leader. As he lures Small-Time Investors into his operation his plan starts to spiral out of control threatening to ruin the Investors and promising disaster for Jim's wife Kim and his assistant, Stan. Big Jim and the Small-Time Investors, with libretto by Ned Jackson, was conceived over 30 years ago. It gets to the heart of the Salzman's ideals and encapsulates our current epoch, where perception and technology are tools in a battle for the modern mind. Victoria Bond conducts this world premiere production.
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