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Number Our Days: A Photographic Oratorio

Apr 12—14, 2024

Music by Luna Pearl Woolf
Concept and Libretto by David Van Taylor
Based on Jamie Livingston’s “Photo Of the Day”
Conducted by Kamna Gupta
Directed by Ty Defoe
Co-Produced with Trinity Church Wall Street

Featuring John Holiday, NOVUS NY orchestra, and over 100 voices from Trinity Church Wall Street.

How can we hold onto each other with joy, even in the face of inevitable loss? Each day for 18 years, Jamie Livingston documented his life by taking a single Polaroid—until his death at age 41. Then his “Photo of the Day” went online, creating an immediate global sensation years before Instagram launched. With music for chorus, orchestra, and soloists by Grammy© nominee Luna Pearl Woolf (Fire & Flood) and a non-fiction libretto by acclaimed filmmaker David Van Taylor (Good Ol’ Charles Schulz), this multi-media oratorio explores our era’s strange alchemy of technology, memory, and community.

A PAC NYC commission.

Polaroid photos by Jamie Livingston.

Creative Team:

Ty Defoe
Ty Defoe Director
Kamna Gupta
Kamna Gupta Conductor
David Van Taylor
David Van Taylor Conceiver / Librettist
Luna Pearl Woolf
Luna Pearl Woolf Composer

Featuring:

John Holiday
John Holiday
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
The Choir of Trinity Wall Street
Downtown Voices
Downtown Voices
NOVUS NY
NOVUS NY
Trinity Youth Chorus
Trinity Youth Chorus