The recipient of the 2013-2014 Provost Research Fellowship is Associate Professor of Music Dan Sonenberg for his proposal The Summer King: An Opera on the Life of Josh Gibson. His plan is to orchestra his two-act opera The Summer King, based on the life of Negro-League player Josh Gibson, in preparation for a concert premiere scheduled at Portland's Merrill Auditorium in May 2014. Portland Ovations is planning to present a full orchestrated unstage version as the grand finale to their 2013-2014 concert season. USM sponsored their application for funding from the National Endowment for the Arts for the production of this event. Prof. Sonenberg has been working on this piece for 10 years and hopes the performance will attract the attention of opera companies and interest in producing a full staged production of the work in the near future.
The Provost’s Research Fellowship provides a one-course release for both fall and spring semesters to a tenured faculty member to allow her/him to concentrate on research, scholarship, or creative work. Selection as a Research Fellow is an appointment of distinction, based on demonstrably outstanding accomplishment and the potential for continued excellence, providing both recognition and an excellent opportunity to pursue compelling research, scholarship, or creative activity.
The announcement was made at the RSCA Celebration held on April 30th at the Wishcamper Center. You can read more about his project at www.danielsonenberg.org.