The Gentelman Rests @ Roulette
507 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Dave Ruder presents The Gentleman Rests, a meditation for five vocalists and five instrumentalists on one of the most quietly dramatic events in recent American history–the joint session of Congress held on January 6th, 2001 to certify the election of George W. Bush as president, which was presided over by losing candidate, and still vice president, Al Gore. The mundanity and repetitiveness of normally unnoticed electoral formalities is interrupted by the airing of frustration from Congressional Democrats, while Gore tries to move the proceedings along and ensure a smooth transition of power. Also on the program will be a series of shorter new small ensemble works by Ruder.