‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’ Opera Public Radio interview

Garrison Keillor reads “You Must Accept” from Gravity’s Dream″ 

Garrison Keillor reads “Unknown Neighbor” from Open Slowly
(Read or hear Garrison Keillor read)

Garrison Keillor reads “There Comes the Strangest Moment” from Open Slowly
(Read or hear Garrison Keillor read)

Hear Kate speaking about Einstein’s Mozart with interviewer Charley Samson on Colorado Public Radio,
including a reading of “Traveling in Coach,”
a poem about Mozart’s childhood (January 2006).

Hear an excerpt from “Here Beside Me” from Mulan II (Disney DVD/CD, 2005).

“Packing”, “Zeug-o-Matic“, “Riddle”

Library of Congress Audio Books (4-track)
[811] RC 5336, 1 cassette
Read by Kate Light

Library of Congress Audio Books (4-track)
Szymborska, Wislawa: POEMS NEW AND COLLECTED, 1957-1997
[891] RC 5275, 2 cassettes Read by Kate Light
One hundred poems by the Nobel Prize-winning poet, 1998.

Once Upon the Wind

Once Upon the Wind
Composer: Theo Popov
Librettist: Kate Light

ONCE UPON THE WIND was developed under the auspices of the Composer Librettist Development Program at American Lyric Theater during the 2011-2012 season.

Workshop Premiere: American Lyric Theater at Symphony Space, June 25, 2012.

Studio Recording: National Opera Center, January 8, 2013. SOLDIER: Dan Kempson (baritone); DOMOVOY: Jonathan Blalock (tenor); MOTHER: Sarah Heltzel (mezzo soprano); PIANIST: Jody Schum. Duration: 31 minutes.

Once Upon the Wind’s beautifully orchestrated version was presented at The Secret Opera company’s inaugural concert in May, 2014 in New York City.

The Secret Opera cast and instrumentalists, as well as complete live recording, can be found here

For a perusal score or libretto, contact or Theo@


SCENE ONE: The time is long ago; the place, the Russian countryside. The DOMOVOY, a mischievous House Spirit, is up to his usual tricks—pranking, blowing out candles, teasing the cat. But he also seeks a hidden treasure. Through his habitual spying, he has seen his master, the SOLDIER, capture Death in a magic sack, and now is obsessed with stealing the prize for himself—though what exactly he will do with it, he is not certain. If he finds the sack, will he let Death go? Would that be disloyal to his Master, or simply a chance to rule benevolently and show a wiser side? The SOLDIER unexpectedly returns and catches the spirit at his game. Offering treats and gifts to divert the DOMOVOY’s attention, the SOLDIER grabs the sack, ties it even more tightly and takes it away.

SCENE TWO: The SOLDIER’S MOTHER, gravely ill, lies in bed. The SOLDIER tries to wake her, but she has lost all interest in the world. The SOLDIER excitedly reveals that in order to keep her alive, he has captured Death in a sack. He urges her to take the precious sack and store it out of reach of the fickle DOMOVOY. Alarmed at what her son has done, his MOTHER convinces him that he must release Death back into the world so that the ill and suffering can find repose, wars can end, and she too can have the release she longs for. As mischievous as the DOMOVOY seems, she says, even he would know Death must be released to do its work. The remorseful SOLDIER opens the sack and Death dashes out and flies away, tearing the magic sack and taking the MOTHER’s soul.

SCENE THREE: Distraught, the SOLIDER returns to the DOMOVOY and begs him to use his own magic to mend the sack and bring Death back. Feverishly, he calls out to Death to return and take him too. The DOMOVOY warns his master that not only are all games with Death dangerous, but Death is now so terrified of the SOLDIER that it may never return for him at all. The SOLDIER resolves to set forth alone, in hopes of finding Death and making amends.


Past Performances

Once Upon the Wind
(A one-act opera)
Monday June 25th 2012 at 7:00
Composer: Theo Popov
Librettist: Kate Light
Presented in a group of four one-acts.
Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025

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Performances of Echo and Narcissus, from Metamorphoses
Players Theatre/Shortened Attention Span Musical Festival
The Players Loft at The Players Theater
115 Macdougal Street
NY, NY 10012
Thursday April 8, 2010 at 8 PM
Friday April 9 at 9 PM
Saturday April 10 at 9 PM
Sunday April 11 at 3 PM

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Meet Kate Light, Making Music with NY City Opera, Ovid, and the Dick Van Dyke Show, April 2010

Einstein’s Mozart

Einstein’s Mozart is a full-evening work with original poetry by Kate Light and chamber music by W. A. Mozart. It was commissioned by the Colorado Chamber Players to commemorate the close convergence of the centenary of Einstein’s “Miracle Year” (1905-2005) and Mozart’s 250th birthday (1756-2006).

Since its premiere in 2006, the piece has received more than thirty performances, including Vanderbilt College, Chamber Music Toledo, Colorado College, Lehigh University, and many performances in the New York and Denver metropolitan areas, all with Kate as narrator.

Duration: 1 hour and 40 minutes (full-length version).  Abridged versions for adults and educational versions for young audiences are  available, in durations ranging from 45 to 75 minutes.

“…a landmark of artistic synthesis.”
-Toledo Blade

“The words lent themselves so easily to music that they seem like beautiful musical notes –
each one a droplet of sparkle… Einstein’s Mozart is an informed, insightful and heartfelt
tribute to two giants of mankind.”
– Cho-Liang Lin, Music Director, Summerfest LaJolla

Einstein’s Mozart Book Available now!

Click here to view the Einstein’s Mozart Trailer


Einstein’s Mozart Press

The Morning Call February 8, 2009

The Blade January 7, 2008

Downtown Express April 27-May 3, 2007

The Daily Camera February 4, 2006

Daily Times-Call January 13, 2006

North Denver Tribune January 5-18, 2006

Past Performances:


October 8-10:
with artists of the Manchester Music Festival, Manchester, VT

October 8 and 9:
Four concerts for approximately 1000 students from 15 elementary through high school schools in the Manchester area

October 10:
Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester
Featuring Quartet in D Major, K. 575
and Quartet in D Major, K. 465 “Dissonance”


Einstein’s Mozart
Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 6 PM
Kate with students of the Bard College Conservatory of Music
“Bard at the Landing”
First Presbyterian Church
Hudson, NY

Featuring Quartet in D major, K 575
Scot Moore, violin
Reina Murooka, violin
Rosemary Nelis, viola
Stanley Moore, cello

Quartet in C major, K 465 “Dissonance”
Jiamin Wang, violin
Jiazhi Wang, violin
David Toth, viola
Rylan Gajek-Leonard, cello


Einstein’s Mozart
Kate with The Madison String Quartet
Sunday, March 25th, 2012 at 4 PM
Featuring Quartet in Bb Major, K. 458, “The Hunt”
Bernardsville Methodist Church
22 Church Street, Bernardsville, NJ
(908) 766-0669


Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 3 PM
With the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble and guest violinist Barbara Jaffe
Jerusalem Lutheran Church, 252 Dock Street
Schuykill Haven, PA
$15/$12 seniors; free to children and students
Featuring Mozart’s Quartets K. 387 and K. 590


Sunday, September 19
With the Open Heart String Quartet
St. Peter’s Church
137 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY
(914) 293-0360

Wednesday, October 6
With the Madison String Quartet
New York Art Educators (NYAE) Annual Fall Conference
Ballroom West
Double Tree Hotel, 200 Atrium Drive
Somerset, NJ
(908) 996-7352

Two Concerts at Music School of Delaware
Kate with the Serafin String Quartet

Saturday, January 9 Milford Branch
10 South Walnut Street
Milford, DE 19963

Sunday, January 10 Wilmington Branch
4101 Washington Street
Wilmington, DE 19802
Featuring Quartets K. 387 and K. 458 “The Hunt”


May 23
Madison String Quartet Concert Series
With the Madison String Quartet
Grace Episcopal Church, Madison, NJ
Featuring Quartets in Bb Major, K. 458 and D Major, K. 575

April 4
With the Open Heart String Quartet
Philipstown Depot Theatre, Garrison, NY
Featuring Quartets in Bb Major, K. 458 and D Major, K. 575

February 14-18
Tippecanoe Chamber Music Society
With Artists of the Society, Lafayette/West Lafayette, IN
Featuring Quartets in F Major, K. 168 and D minor, K. 421

February 14
Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IN
February 15
Duncan Hall, Lafayette, IN
Abridged Version for Young Audiences

February 16
West Lafayette High School, West Lafayette, IN Abridged Version for Young Audiences

February 18
Jefferson High School, Lafayette, IN 

February 8
Zoellner Arts Center Concert Series
With the Seraphin String Quartet
Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
Featuring Quartets in G Major, K. 387 and Eb Major, K. 428


February 20
Colorado College
With the Colorado Chamber Players
Packard Hall, Colorado Springs, CO
Featuring Quartet in C Major, K. 465 and Quintet in C Major, K. 515
Abridged Version for Young Audiences

February 12
With Various Artists
South Avenue Elementary School, Beacon, NY Abridged Version  for Young Audiences

January 25
With the Albert String Quartet
Alexander Hamilton Elementary School, Morristown, NJ

January 6

Chamber Music Toledo
With the Zin String Quartet
Maumee Theatre, Maumee, OH
Featuring String Quartets in D minor, K. 421 and F Major, K. 590


November 18
With students coached and directed by Dale Stuckenbruck and other faculty
Waldorf School, Garden City, LI
Featuring Quartets in D minor, K. 421 and F Major, K. 590, “Prussian”

November 12
Vanderbilt University Concert Series
With the Blair String Quartet
Blair School of Music, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Featuring Quartet in G Major, K. 387 and Quintet in G minor, K. 516

September 23
New York Multi-Arts Centers’ Conference and Retreat
With the Albert String Quartet
Minnowbrook Conference Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY
Featuring Quartets in Bb Major, K. 458 and C Major, K. 465

April 30
With the Albert String Quartet
South Street Seaport District Cultural Association Gallery
& Performance Space, New York, NY
Featuring Quartets in Bb Major, K. 458 and C Major, K. 465


January 19-24
Premiere Performances
With the Colorado Chamber Players
Featuring Quartet in C Major, K. 465 and Quintet in Eb Major, K. 614
Denver, CO

January 20
Longmont Senior Center, Longmont, CO

January 21
Mizel Arts Center, Denver, CO

January 22
University Park United Methodist Church, Denver, CO
Abridged Versions for Young Audiences

January 24
Tennyson Knolls Elementary School, Arvada, CO

January 24
Broomfield High School, Broomfield, CO

January 23
Virginia Court Elementary School, Aurora, CO

January 23
Sunset Ridge Elementary School, Westminster, CO

January 19
Stanley British Primary School, Denver, CO

Gravity’s Dream

Gravity’s Dream: New Poems and Sonnets
Winner of the Donald Justice Award

“Kate Light has been one of my favorite poets for years and years now. To my eye and ear, she operates as a full master, able to somehow communicate in three lines a depth of heartache and clarity that it might take a novelist three-hundred pages to convey. Her work gives me shivers.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

“…To read her work is often to feel a pleasure of one’s own experience–of love, confusion, discovery–named.”
Crab Orchard Review


The Laws of Falling Bodies


Winner of the Nicholas Roerich Prize

“If you have been wondering what happened to enchantment in contemporary poetry, open up Kate Light’s magical debut collection…These diaphanous poems seem more conjured than written!”
Molly Peacock

The sonnets are charming, captivating and a delight…They work like spells, and demand to be read again.
Liberal Arts Magazine, Penn State University



Open Slowly

Open Slowly
“…Light’s poems all have solid beating hearts…her voice is quite unlike anyone else’s.”
Dark Horse (UK)“Light is back with another collection…with the same wondrous features of her first book.”
Harvard Review 

“It’s hard to think of a poet so aptly named as Kate Light, except, of course, for Wordsworth.
The step of her poems is light, and plenty of that luminous stuff is shed here.”
Billy Collins


The Life and Love of Joe Coogan

Opera in one act, adapted from the Dick Van Dyke Show TV episode “The Life and Love of Joe Coogan,” by Carl Reiner


A moment of comic insecurity in the usually happy marriage of TV comedy writer Rob Petrie and his wife Laura.

When Rob learns that the tall, good-looking man named Joe Coogan that he has just met on a public golf course was once in love with Laura, courting her by writing love  sonnets, he becomes uncharacteristically jealous and insecure. When Laura invites Joe to dinner, Rob counters by inviting co-writer Sally Rogers to flirt with Joe. Unbeknownest to Rob, there is a very good reason why this is a very bad idea! The mix-up leads to a zany dinner party and a surprise ending.

The Life and Love of Joe Coogan is available at Theodore Presser Company rental library.
(scroll down page to read about our opera, view trailer)

Duration: One hour

Production-ready supertitles rental are available at

Premiered: September 2010
Zoellner Arts Center
Bethlehem, PA (See cast below)

Feature on The Life and Love of Joe Coogan, including audio interview, photos, video links, print article and link to the original episode at:

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Blog articie about The Life and Love of Joe Coogan: Alan Brady’s Other Show

9/19/2010 Feature in Morning Call, Allentown PA “Comic opera based on ‘Dick Van Dyke’ episode” (download .pdf here)

Meet Kate Light, Making Music with NY City Opera, Ovid, and The Dick Van Dyke Show, April 2010

Visit Joe Coogan on Facebook


And Sarah Caldwell Smith: Waitress/Cover for Laura Petrie

Directed by Laura Johnson and featuring the Monocacy Chamber Orchestra conducted by Paul Salerni.

For more information, or to schedule a performance, please contact:
Kate Light, Librettist
Paul Salerni, Composer