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ELLEN MANDEL is a composer of art songs and theater music.  She has written songs to poems by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, Glyn Maxwell and more, sung by Todd Almond, Daniel Neer, and Jessica Crandall, and music for over 70 plays from Shakespeare to Stoppard.

Mandel's songs to poems are "Ardent, spiky, and refreshingly organic."

NY TIMES

Dell'Arte Opera Ensemble premiered Ellen's Sphinx Aria Aug 17 in NYC!!

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RECENT PERFORMANCES of Mandel's music: 

 TRIAD Theater NYC:  songs by Mandel, sung by Jessica Crandall

Opening of Fair John music and art space in Kingston NY featured songs by Mandel sung by Jessica Crandall and Kerry Henderson

STEEL MAGNOLIAS with music by Ellen Mandel--Actor's Co-op Theater in L.A. _________________________________________________________________

 

Mother's Day Concert; Jessica Crandall sang Ellen Mandel’s “ardent, spiky, and freshly organic” (NY Times) songs to poems by E.E. Cummings, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats and more

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Femmelody Women's Day Concert  at St John's in the Village-- 
Larissa Flint sang 3 Mandel songs  arranged for voice, flute, and piano  
with Leanne Friedman, flute
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APRIL 10: Nanette McGuiness sang a set of four songs by Mandel at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
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Danielle Buonaiuto sang Mandel's HAIKU NYC
at Old Stone House Nov 29 2018!!!

 

 

 THE LITTLE FOXES at the Antaeus Theater in L.A.

featured music by Ellen Mandel--Ellen's third collaboration with Antaeus's Cameron Watson and Jeff Gardner

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I SO LIKED SPRING: Ellen Mandel's latest CD!!!

JESSICA CRANDALL sings music by ELLEN MANDEL to poems by THOMAS HARDY, WB YEATS, CHARLOTTE MEW, SHAKESPEARE, and GLYN MAXWELL!!! _______________________________________________________________________________________

 


A VERY BENNY CHRISTMAS THE CD!!!

Ellen's song for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and New Year's,

plus her version of O MISTRESS MINE, CLOUDS, and more!!!  

Sung by Swinging Sirens BRIDGET BEIRNE, JESSICA CRANDALL, AND SONNI JAMES!!!

CD and Songs available for download on the products page!!  CD ONLY $10, songs $1!!!

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DEATH OF A SALESMAN, produced by New Yiddish Rep, Sound design by Ellen Mandel!!  DRAMA DESK nominee for Best Revival,  produced again at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto!! 

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THERE WAS A WORLD:

swinging sirens Bridget Beirne, Jessica Crandall, and Sonni James sing Mandel's songs to Glyn Maxwell and Seamus Heaney texts!  

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PAMELA BOB,  Broadway actress supreme,  

 sings my song GODOT'S BLUES----

 Listen on my music page!!  Buy the download on the products page!!

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ELLEN's award nominations:  

 NYIT Awards: Original Music/Sound Design for Phoenix Theater's Don Juan in Hell and MEDEA!!!!

NH Theatre Awards:Sound design/original music for The Voysey Inheritance and Charley's Aunt. 

 Musical Director for Patsy Cline  

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PICNIC IN L.A. at the ANTAEUS THEATRE COMPANY!!!  with lots of MUSIC BY ELLEN MANDEL!! monster hit with many rave reviews!!!

MANDEL received a Scenie Award for her music for TOP GIRLS at Antaeus!!!

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THE ARTSONGPROJECT, a great website!!

Hear Soprano Helene Lindqvist and pianist Philipp Vogler perform my songs GRAY ROOM and TO AN ISLE IN THE WATER!!!!  

beautifully sung and played!!!  Go listen!!! See links. *****************************************************************************************************************************



Madgalena Ball, The Compulsive Reader blog, RAVE REVIEWS of THE CAT AND THE MOON---my new CD with DANIEL NEER, THE FIRST OF ALL MY DREAMS and A WIND HAS BLOWN THE RAIN AWAY!!

see links for whole review! ********************************************************************************************************************************************

CHARLIE GIORDANO, of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Band, plays accordion on my LULU SUITE!!

Listen on my music page! ********************************************************************************************************************************************


TODD ALMOND sings songs by ELLEN MANDEL to poems by e.e. cummings, Seamus Heaney, WB Yeats and others----on THE FIRST OF ALL MY DREAMS and A WIND HAS BLOWN THE RAIN AWAY!!

CDs available at CDBABY.com, or directly through this website! *******************************************************************************************************************************************


THE FIRST OF ALL MY DREAMS: "WONDERFUL" Sarah Cahill of KALW

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A WIND HAS BLOWN THE RAIN AWAY: All Things Considered, NPR: "A striking collaboration: the playful poetry of e.e. cummings set to music by New York composer Ellen Mandel and sung beautifully by Cincinnati tenor and actor Todd Almond.

I wish I could give it to every poetry lover I know." **********************************************************************************************************************************