About

Robert is a composer living in Boston, MA. He co-founded the Sleeping Giant composer collective and co-directs the Times Two Series. Send me emails at rhonstein@gmail.com !

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Events Calendar

  • Sa 6.24.17: WAYNA @ HERE
  • Su 6.25.17: WAYNA @ HERE
  • Sa 7.22.17: GT @ MMoCA
  • Fr 1.19.18: Soul House @ Seattle
  • Sa 1.20.18: SH @ Portland
  • Su 1.21.18: SH @ Eugene
  • Tu 1.23.18: SH @ San Fran
  • Sa 1.27.18: SH @ San Diego
  • Th 2.8.18: SH @ TSU
  • Mo 3.26.18: SH @ Cleveland
  • We 3.28.18: SH @ Elyria
  • Th 3.29.18: SH @ U.Michigan
  • Mo 4.23.18: SH @ NYC
  • Su 6.3.18: Night Scenes @ DPO
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My Heart Iz Open

Five Sopranos, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Double Bass, Percussion and Piano – 20 minutes

My Heart Iz Open is a theatrical music project. Opera? Cantata? Music Theater? I have no idea. It is in progress and changing with every new performance. The subject, My Heart Iz Open, comes from a collection of inadvertently received emails. In this collection of messages a man joins an online dating community and liaises with many women eventually settling on one in particular, My Heart Iz Open, an irrepressible spirit who relentlessly pursues him with desperate insistence.

Using text culled from the emails my piece tells the story of this man’s online dalliance. Currently there are two scenes, but more are in the works. The opening scene sets part of the dating website’s Terms of Use agreement, and a scene from the middle of the story centers on the My Heart Iz Open character.

The Terms of Use agreement functions as a litigious framework for the entire piece. Many of us regularly accept terms of useĀ  agreements with little to no understanding of what they actually mean. The contracts are binding and in the case of ‘My Heart Iz Open’ there is an eerie correspondence between issues in the agreement and issues in the story itself.

The second scene, My Heart Iz Open, introduces the character My Heart Iz Open. She is an earnest and sincere woman seeking companionship. She relentlessly pursues the man’s affections through emails and messaging. In this scene, a chorus underscores her plea with details from her profile. The scene turns from zealous flirtation to intense yearning.

Check out audio and video from a workshop performance presented by High Concept Laboratories, featuring Ensemble Dal Niente and Quince:

1.Terms of Use

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2. R U There?

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premiere 5.11.13 The National Pastime Theater, Chicago, IL.