The Gray Cat & The Flounder

16 Bits About Bernadette

The Gray Cat & The Flounder

Instrumental music, cartoons, songs, theatre, puppetry, and imagined ballet are quilted together into a narrative on life, loss, and love.

“Not only an engaging musical experience
but also a touching one.”
 Elizabeth Bloom, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Think Dr. Seuss meets ‘The Fantasticks’.” (Mark Kanny, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)

Category:  concert

Instrumentation:  ensemble and voices
  • flute
  • clarinet / bass clarinet
  • violin
  • cello
  • percussion (vibes, marimba, glockenspiel, crotales, triangles, wind chimes, finger cymbals, hand gong, bass drum)
  • piano
  • soprano (sung and spoken)
  • light baritone

Status:  completed

Duration:  1 hr 5 min

Completed:  July 2015

World Premiere:  July 11, 2015
“The Gray Cat & The Flounder: 16 Bits About Bernadette”

Upcoming Performances:  n/a

Other Notable Performances:
  • 2015/07/11  "The Gray Cat & The Flounder"
  • 2015/07/12  "The Gray Cat & The Flounder"
  • 2018/07/28  PNME 2018: “The Gray Cat & The Flounder”
  • Commission:  Joseph Newcomer and the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble

    Dedication:  in memory of Bernadette Callery

    Additional Credits:  cartoons by Joseph Newcomer; song cycle from music by Stephen Foster; puppet theatre design & construction by Val M. Cox; "Curiosity" by Alastair Reid; video editing by Alexander Galant; story by Kevin Noe & Kieren MacMillan

    Recordings:  n/a


    Other Links:  n/a