Recent Events

August 2019

Encompass' Young Artist/ Education Outreach Program Presents

Vignettes from The Consul
by Gian-Carlo Menotti

About the Opera
THE CONSUL
, an opera with words and music by Gian –Carlo Menotti, won both the Pulitzer Prize in Music and the New York Drama Critic’s Circle Award. Hailed by The New York Times at its Broadway opening on March 15, 1950, as “an opera…written from the heart with a blazing sincerity and a passion of human understanding….it is torn out of the life of the present-day world, and poses an issue which mercilessly confronts humanity today.” Indeed, the opera remains as timely today as when it was written seventy years ago, taking on a renewed relevance for contemporary audiences.

Gian Carlo Menotti wrote THE CONSUL in response to news reports and personal encounters he had with refugees fleeing Europe after World War II. He dramatized the despair, risk and loss of immigrants, and his own experience as an American immigrant with Italian citizenship labeled as an “enemy alien” during World War II.

Meet the Cast and Creative Team of
The Consul


Dr. Michael Eisenberg, Music Director/Pianist
Nancy Rhodes, Director
Andis Gjoni, Sets and Costumes

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Pictures from the Performance


June 2019

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IMMIGRANT FAMILIES TOGETHER is a rapid response group of volunteers who galvanized around the crisis provoked by the Zero Tolerance policy. Founded in New York City in June 2018, this growing network of Americans raise money to bond out parents and re-unite them with their children; they provide legal, medical, housing, clothing, and food for families as they proceed through their legal cases. They support over 100 reunited families while they recover from their detention trauma.


Summer Songs with Billy Stritch

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March 2019

A Musical Salute Gala

Jazz Gala Honoring Tony Award-winning Luminaries Laura Benanti & Bartlett Sher

Jazz Gala Honoring Tony Award-winning Luminaries Laura Benanti & Bartlett Sher


New American Opera Previews, Page to Stage

In this time of critical social justice issues such as immigration, walls, the me-too movement and the rights of women and children around the world, the rights of indigenous people worldwide, and the global climate crisis and need for earth ethics, we are inspired by a search for freedom through the lens of three women in new opera and Lord Byron.

In this time of critical social justice issues such as immigration, walls, the me-too movement and the rights of women and children around the world, the rights of indigenous people worldwide, and the global climate crisis and need for earth ethics, we are inspired by a search for freedom through the lens of three women in new opera and Lord Byron.


Paradigm Shifts: Symbiotic Earth

The screening of a unique and trailblazing film launched the Encompass 2019 Paradigm Shifts Music and Film Festival. This educational-outreach program focused on women who have contributed boundary-breaking research and new paradigm-thinking in the fields of science and the arts, while bringing awareness and knowledge of the interconnections of all life on our planet.

On Saturday, March 16 at 2:00 pm, Encompass in association with The Church of the Ascension presented the premiere screening in New York City of the new film by award-winning filmmaker
John Feldman:

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