The Crook of Your Arm
Presented by SoMo Theatre – Montréal, Québec
Written & Performed by Shannon Holmes, Featuring Molly Aronson, Cello
Intertwining the music of Kurt Weill and the personal narrative of a daughter’s mission to find her Mother’s underwear, talk about “it” and negotiate a family crisis, The Crook of Your Arm is intimate, moving and humorous theatre that lives in the cracks between opera, cabaret and music-theatre. Shannon Holmes
Shannon Holmes is a singer, actor, director, Doctoral Researcher, educator and artistic director of SoMo (Sound In Motion) Theatre, a multidisciplinary theatre company based in Montreal, Canada, dedicated to the creation of interdisciplinary performance that explores the intersection of singing and speech. Shannon received her BFA in Theatre Performance with a Minor in Music from Concordia University and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. She is currently pursuing a PhD at The University of Birmingham, UK, in Theatre and Drama Studies where her research includes the development of improvisational practices as a process towards performance and the theoretical exploration of the connections between the lived body and voice. As a performer, Shannon has worked for over 30 years as both an opera singer and an actor. Shannon is currently part-time faculty in the Theatre Department at Concordia University in Montréal, having previously taught at Capilano University in North Vancouver BC. Specialising in whole body forms of voice training, she has extensive training in a large and diverse range of vocal techniques including bel canto, Roy Hart, Linklater, and she is an Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework.®
Cellist, Molly Aronson, enjoys an eclectic career as a chamber musician, soloist, and pedagogue. Molly is a founding member of the Ceto Ensemble, Anderson Hill Trio, and RT9 Ensemble, and has performed as a part of the Mohawk Trails Concerts, First Night Northampton, Classical at Cornelia St. Cafe, Lex54 and Interlochen Faculty Chamber Series. A great proponent of new music, Molly has collaborated with award-winning composers, premiering, recording and performing numerous chamber and solo works. She has been a part of such series as the Neuberger Museum's “Wednesdays at the Neu,” Vox Novus—The Composer's Voice Series and Purchase New Music. In May 2010, she had her concerto solo debut with the Holyoke Civic Symphony performing Eduard Lalo's cello concerto, and has given recitals throughout Massachusetts and New York. Not limited to the classical realm of performance, she has appeared on stage with such icons as singers Rod Stewart, Michael Buble, and Josh Groban, and can be heard on the records of a number of emerging indie-pop artists.! Committed to music education, Molly is on faculty at the Larchmont Music Academy, and has held teaching positions at Purchase College Conservatory of Music, and the New York State Summer School of the Arts – Orchestral Studies, an affiliate of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She was awarded a teaching fellowship, joining the cello faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp for the summer of 2012. With the Anderson Hill Trio they together presented a masterclass at the Savannah Arts Academy. In her own musical education, Molly has earned a Masters in Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Julia Lichten, and graduated with a Bachelors of Music in cello performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying with Astrid Schween. She has attended the National Orchestral Institute, Castleman's Quartet Program, Heifetz International Music Institute, Brevard Music Center, and Killington Music Festival, and has performed in masterclasses for Bernard Greenhouse, Matt Haimovitz, Robert DeMaine, Martha Gerchefski, the Miro Quartet, among others.