|Chamber Opera in One Act (2011)|
|Libretto by Eugenie Chan|
|Four Voices, Vn, Vc, D.Bass, Pno & Pipa|
|Full ScoreÂ ::Â Piano Vocal ScoreÂ :: Libretto|
|Commissioned byÂ Houston Grand Opera|
|Premiere:Â February 5, 2011, Houston Grand Opera; Joseph Li, conductor|
|Seong Shin Ra, soprano; Rodell Aure Rosel, tenor; Wesley Landry; baritone; Kelvin Chan, bass-baritone|
Three generations of Chinese Americans must find ways to reconcile the expectations between the dining room table and the basketball court, in order to live with pride in modern America, while maintaining tradition.
Courtside follows Jason Ching, a hot-shot, high school basketball player who fights back when taunted on the court. Conceptually, the text centers on the image of withdrawal vs. release and acceptance vs. rage in a young manâ€™s world where basketball is a means of touching the heavens.Â The operaÂ was commissioned by the Houston Grand Opera (HGO), for their HGOco â€œSong of Houstonâ€ project, a series of new works that share the stories of Houstonians who define the unique character of that city. The piece is a part of the East + West component of â€œSong of Houstonâ€, which celebrates the city as a meeting place for Eastern and Western cultures, and explores the stories of first and second-generation immigrants.