The Violet Hour at the Fringe Fest

Great News! The Violet Hour will be part of one of the largest fringe festivals in the country! For six years now the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival  has brought over 350,000 people and over 2100 performances together. It is described as a festival to connect and empower artists, audiences, venues and community to celebrate, explore and inspire creativity via an annual multi-genre performing arts festival. This year, from among submissions by numerous applicants, I have been invited to present my one act show, The Violet Hour . The Violet Hour explores the career of internationally acclaimed soprano Leontyne Price – from the early beginnings of her career to her final performance of the opera, Aida, at the Metropolitan Opera House in 1985.  To be a part of the Rochester Fringe Festival in Rochester, New York on September 14, 2018 is blowing my mind. Last year’s Fringe Festival 2017 broke all Rochester Fringe records to date including a 15% increase in visitors welcoming over 78,000 people.

As an artist, I am choosing to create new opportunities for myself that add value to the operatic landscape and shed light on important figures in its history. I also hope to create an opportunity for other artists to perform this piece and share the talent of this extraordinary classical singer. From its inception, The Violet Hour has been about wanting to present something more than a recital that honored Leontyne Price.  It is an opportunity to educate and expand people’s knowledge of the importance of her career and contribution to classical music. I spent a good deal of time writing this work and taking classes to create a piece that would be significant. I presented the idea to different colleagues who helped make this show what it is today. It took the help of many people, so I could not and cannot do this alone. 

The Fringe is an unbelievable opportunity that needs support in order to make The Violet Hour a critical success at the Festival and to secure future productions. While I am excited with the chance to be viewed by new and broader audiences, there is substantial cost in producing the show and I need your support to make it spectacular!  By investing, you will be a stakeholder in a ground breaking production.  I am so grateful that you have chosen to take, and remain on, this journey with me.  My vision for the Violet Hour includes touring the U.S. and the world. Your investment will substantially help with the future of the Violet Hour and right now. Below I have detailed the expenses for the show and hope that you will continue to help the Violet Hour to launch to unprecedented success!  

Ultimately, $100 from 110 people will help me get there, but of course, any contribution you send is needed and greatly appreciated. Attached is a detailed sheet of the Violet Hour’s project expenses. Thank you.

Donate $3,000+  = will receive executive producer status printed in the program, 6 comp tickets to the show in Rochester, and upfront seating
Donate $1,000+ = will receive executive producer printed in the program, 4 comp tickets to the show in Rochester

Donate $500+  = will receive 2 comp tickets, a mention in the program

*Cost for Rochester
Artist Fee*:   $1500
Accompanist Fee*: $1000
Stage Manager Fee*: $600
2 male artist*: $600
Photographer and/or Videographer*: $1300
Printing/Copies*: $800
Equipment Rental*: $1300
Lodging (Approximate Rochester Prices): $1400
Airfare (Approximate Rochester Prices): $825
Marketing/Advertising: $1175
Acting Coach: $150
Vocal Coach: $150
Rehearsal Space and Car Rental: $1700
Total Expenses: $11000

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  • Anonymous 
    • $1,000 
    • 12 mos
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    • $25 
    • 13 mos
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    • $50 
    • 13 mos
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    • $50 
    • 13 mos
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Joelle Lamarre 
Chicago, IL
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