Wednesday, February 1, 1995

San Rafael News, Op. 51

Op. 51 SAN RAFAEL NEWS (February 1, 1995) 
Ten Deathsongs for Voice[s] and Instrument[s] 
Found Texts 
I. AIDSong (Helix) 
II. Conference Room Technique / How to Survive (Chart) 
III. Death Catch (Caccia) 
IV. Immortality ("ex una voce tres") (Mensuration Canon) 
V. Lifespan (Encyclic) 
VI. Ozymandias (Artifact) 
VII. Pontoon Tattoo (Photograph) 
VIII. Rain-Death Fugato (Adage) 
IX. The Reproductive Organs (Diagram) 
X. Sylvia Dreyer (Poster) 



June 1, 1995 
Mark Alburger, Voice and Piano 

December 1, 1996 
Mark Alburger, Voice and Piano; 
Bruce Salvisberg, Flute; 
Carolyn Alburger, Oboe 

June 1, 1997 
Mark Alburger, Voice; 
Carolyn Alburger, Oboe; 
Molly Axtmann, Piano 

December 1, 1997 
Mark Alburger, Voice; I'lana Cotton, Piano 

June 7, 1998 
AIDS Quilt Songbook II 
Barbara Martin, Soprano 
Dorothy Freeman, Oboe 
James Freeman, Piano 
Orchestra 2001 
Academy of Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA 

June 18, 1998 
Mark Alburger, Voice 
Carolyn Alburger and Brenda Schuman Post, Oboes 
Thomas Goss and Patti Deuter; Pianos 
NEW MUSIC House, San Rafael, CA 

July 11, 1998 
American Composers Forum Improv Festival 
Mark Alburger, Voice; 
I'lana Cotton, Piano 
Audience Sing-Along 
Berkeley Store Gallery, Berkeley, CA

October 11, 1998 
National Association of Composers 
Haverford School Singers 
Marcia Bobnak, conductor 
Quaker Meeting House, Lansdowne, PA 

December 12, 1998 
Mark Alburger, Voice and Keyboard 
NEW MUSIC House, San Rafael, CA. 

June 21, 1999 
Mark Alburger, Voice I'lana Cotton, Piano 
20th Century Forum Garden of Memory
Chapel of Chimes, Oakland, CA 

June 26, 1999 
Mark Alburger, Voice 
I'lana Cotton, Piano 
NEW MUSIC House, San Rafael, CA 

June 2, 2002 
Mark Alburger, Voice and Piano 
Missing Persons Concert
Goat Hall, San Francisco, CA 

January 25, 2006 
Composer's Gala 
Goat Hall, San Francisco, CA 

May 21, 2006 
Fresh Voices VI Festival 
Sarah Hutchinson, Eliza O'Malley 
Douglas Mandell, Miriam Lewis 
John Kendall Baily, Mark Alburger, Voices 
Keisuke Nakagoshi, Piano 
Thick House Theatre, San Francisco, CA 

April 20, 2007 
Halfway Mark 
San Francisco Cabaret Opera 
San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra 
Old First Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, CA 

April 26, 2007 
Radio Riot 
Mark Alburger, Voice 
Diablo Valley College Duck Pond, Pleasant Hill, CA

April 26, 2008 
WIP (Works-in-Progress) 
Mark Alburger, Voice 
Chamber Arts House, Berkeley, CA

May 9, 2008 
Horsewomen of the Apocalypse: 
The Black Horse, With a Touch of Gray 
Elizabeth Henry, Kristen Jones, Janet Lohr, 
Eliza O'Malley, Harriet March Page 
St. Gregory of Nyssa, San Francisco, CA

Rehearsal shots, 4/6/08, Chamber Arts House, Berkeley, CA 
[Henry, Allan Crossman, Page]


 Performance shots, 5/9/08

[Page, Lohr, Henry, Jones, O'Malley] 

March 18, 2017
The Opus Project presents Opus 51: Questionable Practices
The Opus Project Orchestra
Center for New Music, 55 Taylor, San Francisco, CA

Recordings / Video: 

HALFWAY MARK New Music April 2007

Complete Works, Volume 14 
New Music, 2008 
Harriet March Page 
Eliza O'Malley 
Kristen Jones 
Elizabeth Henry 
Janet Lohr Mark 
San Rafael News

I. AIDSong  
AIDS is the final life-threatening stage of infection with
Human Immuno-Deficiency Virus -- HIV --
AIDS stands for Acquired Immunity Deficiency Syndrome
HIV damages a patient's own disease-fighting system 
Cases of AIDS were identified in 1981 
Millions of AIDS cases have been diagnosed around the world

II. Conference Room Technique 
(Harriet March Page)  

(Mark Alburger)

(1) Enters room quickly but quietly 
(2) Stands in the doorway

(1) Opens fire on the first subject to react 
swings across the room toward center of the mass 
(2) Covers group to prevent individual dangerous reactions 
fires burst of rounds

  (1) Finishes burst commends Shift 
(2) On commend Shift 
opens fire on the opposite side (1) Finishes burst commends Shift 
(2) Kills the survivors with two-burst round leaves propaganda 

How to Survive on Land and Sea 
In the Air in the Water 
In a world-wide war of movement you may suddenly find yourself stranded 
In unfamiliar situations 
Lost in the arctic 
Or in the ocean 
Or on an island 
Or jungle 
Or the desert 
You may tend to magnify the hazards of these foreign occupations 
These unfamiliar situations 
Do not panic

III. Death Catch  

(Eliza O'Malley, Kristen Jones, Beth Henry, Janet Lohr)
(Mark Alburger)

Death is the end of life 
Every living thing eventually dies 
But human beings are probably the only 
Creatures that can imagine their own deaths 
Most people fear death 
And try to avoid thinking about it 
But the awareness of death has been one of the chief 
Forces in the development of civilization 
Throughout history people have continually sought new medical knowledge 
With which to delay death 
Philosophers and religious leaders have tried to understand 
The meaning of death 
Some scholars believe that most human progress 
Results from people's efforts to overcome death 
And gain immortality 
Through lasting achievements

IV. Immortality ("ex una voce tres")
(Eliza O'Malley, Kristen Jones, Elizabeth Henry)  

(1) Immortality 
Is a term for the theory believe 
In human life 
Continuing after death 
The question whether there is life after death 
Has played an important role In philosophy and religion (

2) Immortality 
An ability to void death totally

V. Life Span  

(Elizabeth Henry, Janet Lohr, Mark Alburger, Eliza O'Malley)  

Elephants - 70 years 
Dogs - 18 years 
Cats - 14 
Horses - 20 years 
Whales - 50 years 
Carp - 30 
Guppies - 5 years 
Eagles, Owls, and Parrots - 60 years 
Parakeets - 12 years 
Box Tortoises - 100 
Giant Tortoise - 200 
Redwood Tree, Creosote Bush - 3000 years 

Every higher organism 
Has a species characteristic average life span 
Which is defined and limited 
By the best interest in species survival 

For an adult plant or animal 
To live forever after procreation 
It would deplete the food supply 
And then jeopardize the species survival 

Immortality would halt the process 
Of the natural selectivity 
Which is the major instrument 
In adaption for all species survival

Mortal generations have superior adaption 
Via sexual means 
Than an immortal populace 
In the challenges of species survival

VI. Ozymandias (Percy Bysshe Shelley)
(Kristen Jones)  

I met a traveller from an antique land 
Who said: 
Two vast and trunkless legs of stone 
Stand in the desert. 
Near them on the sand, 
Half sunk, a shatter'd visage lies, whose frown 
And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command 
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read 
Which yet survive, stamp'd on these lifeless things, 
The hand that mock'd them and the heart that fed. 
And on the pedestal these words appear: 
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: 
Look on my works, ye
Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay 
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare, 
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

VII. Pontoon Tattoo (In Memoriam Sonny Bono) 
(Janet Lohr)  

(Mark Alburger)

Pontoon Tattoo 
I've had hit records
Produced T.V. shows 
Here I am bawled out by a midget

VIII. Rain-Death Fugato  

(Kristin Jones, Elizabeth Henry) 
(Mark Alburger)

Death is the rain 
That fills the river 
Of life inside us all 
Nature's not fed by mercy

IX. The Reproductive Organs  

(Elizabeth Henry, Kristen Jones, Eliza O'Malley)  

(Mark Alburger) 

The reproductive organs 
(Which from a biologist's perspective 
Are the only reason for existence) 
Control and contribute to 
Everything from the mood 
To how cholesterol is used 
In the body

X. Sylvia Dreyer  

(Elizabeth Henry)  

(Mark Alburger) 

Sylvia Dreyer 
White female 79 years 5' 2" 100 pounds 

Sylvia Dreyer 
Short gray hair page boy style blue eyes partially blind 

Sylvia also suffers from Alzheimer's 
And a severe case of asthma probably in need of her medication 

Sylvia Dreyer 
Clothing: black and blue flowered dress 
White cloth jacket brown leather sandals 

Last seen around 3:30 pm yesterday 
Near Ted's Bar in San Anselmo 
Missing from a residential rest home located on 
West End Avenue in San Rafael 

Any information please call 
San Rafael Police at 
(415) 485-3000