“The Ticket that Exploded: An Opera (based on a novel by William S. Burroughs”, described as a "1962 dystopian novel about identity disintegration, oppression of humanity’s collective consciousness through technological influence, and revolution through the subversion of those very technologies." I was so pleased that James said it was okay for me to come to the rehearsal as I couldn’t attend the Oct. 29th opening. I think rehearsals are one of my favorite things. As a non-performer and non-composer, it really helps me to see and understand the inner workings of the music. I know James from his UCSD connections and have followed his work for some time. He is one of those talented musician/composers who makes things happen. Love that. I also met the Conductor, Nicholas DeMaison, who also received his graduate degree at UCSD and is now living in NYC. The performers are Anne Rhodes, Megan Schubert, Ted Hearne, Nick Hallett: Voices, Steve Dalachinsky, Ryan Opperman, Melissa Hughes: Video voices, Jay Rozen: tuba, Sam Kulik: trombone, Douglas Detrick: trumpet, Justin Wood: alto saxophone, flute, Mike McGinnis: clarinet/bass clarinet/flute, Julianne Carney: violin, Nathan Bontrager: cello, Denman Maroney: piano, Andrew Drury, John O’Brien, Vinnie Sperazza: Percussion, Taylor Levine, Ty Citerman: Guitar/Electronics, Jason Ponce: Video Artist / Live Processing (working on his Ph.D at UCSD) the opera will be organized using the same cut-up techniques and emphasis on language that distinguishes Burroughs’ literary work. I wish them great success.