The Fortissima Collective is a group founded by women dedicated to creating and curating performance experiences amplifying the voices of women, artists with disabilities, and members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA communities, at all ages and all possible opportunities. We are producing events for San Diego and Southern California performers, and bringing performer led experiences to new audiences.
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The Fortissima Collective is thrilled to partner with Artonic and the University of San Diego to present a program premiering The Handbag Aria: The Schemes and Scandals of Fat Leonard Francis.
Experience modern sonic storytelling with this dramatic ensemble composed of Artonic Quartet, made up of San Diego Symphony members, joined by soprano Tasha Koontz, featuring music by Caroline Shaw, John Adams, and San Diego's own Tommy Dougherty. Each piece on the program has its own tale to tell, including the world premiere of music from Dougherty's Schemes and Scandals of Fat Leonard, based on a true story of epic bribery and blackmail aimed at the U.S. Navy, and selections from Evergreen, the newest classical album from Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw where the singer improvises fresh melodies.
Phillip Glass: Quartet Satz
Caroline Shaw: And So and Other Song
Aleksey Igudesman: Applemania
Tommy Dougherty: The Handbag Aria: The Schemes and Scandals of "Fat Leonard"
Who was Fat Leonard?
In 2013, Malaysian military contractor Leonard Glenn Francis (known as “Fat Leonard”) was arrested in San Diego in an NCIS raid after years of maintaining control of the U.S. Navy’s massive Seventh Fleet. At his hands, the Navy—a pillar of the American understanding of honor— had fallen prey to unthinkable corruption and the largest military security breach since the Cold War. Schemes and Scandals unearths the unheard female voices buried in the rubble of the far-reaching but largely under-publicized scandal to ask what is left when “honor,” patriotism, and the men who cling to them crumble.
Every second Sunday of the month we will be hosting a studio class for any singer who wants to join us. Classes will be located at St.Peter's Episcopal Church in Del Mar. Thanks to a generous donor, this class is FREE to singers.
This will be a venue to try out that new aria or art song and to receive feedback from the other singers in the class led in a safe and positive environment. You can always opt out of receiving feedback if that's not something you're looking for at the moment. Feel free to invite your friends to come and listen! There's no fee to audit the class. Have questions? Email us at info@theffcollectiveorg.
Next Class November 12th at 6PM!
Amplifying Voices Through Live Events
The Fortissima Collective is a women led and founded performing arts and music collective in San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles providing choral, opera, pop, jazz, caroling and solo concerts. We build concerts for your event, and promote artist led projects.
The Fortissima Collective is dedicated to amplifying underrepresented voices by creating and curating artist driven performances and opportunities.