Monday, November 7, 2016

American Opera Projects: Ensemble Pi's 13th Peace Project Concert: BLACK LIVES MATTER Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 PM, Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

"My Hood"
(Photo Credit: Mercedes Nugent-Head)

AOP joins Ensemble Pi, the new-music collective praised for its socially conscious programming, with the premiere of the orchestrated version of "Stop and Frisk," one act of Sidney Marquez Boquiren and Daniel Neer's opera Independence Eve, as part of a concert of commissions and works in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Independence Eve is a new chamber opera in three scenes that explores the troubled journey of race relations in America.

The program also includes the spirituals I Want to Go Home (arranged by Jessie Montgomery, 2016) and There Is a Balm (arranged by Trevor Weston, 2016) for baritone and chamber ensemble; Alvin Singleton's Jasper Drag (2000) for clarinet, piano, and violin; Valerie Coleman's Wish (2015) for flute and piano; Trevor Weston's Shape Shifter (The Angry Bluesman) (2011) for cello; and Courtney Bryan's Etude II: Secondline for Black Love; Piano Etudes: Carnival for Unity (2003) for piano. The event will be moderated by WQXR's Weekday Evening host, Terrance McKnight

Performers: Damian Norfleet, baritone; Brandon Snook, tenor; Idith Meshulam, piano; Barry Crowford, flute; Alexis Gerlach, cello; Karl Kramer, french horn; Moran Katz, clarinet; Bill Trigg, percussion; Airi Yoshioka, violin; and Marlon Daniel, conductor.


Jorell Williams and Brandon Snook in "Stop and Frisk" from
Independence Eve, 2014 AOP workshop at Adelphi University

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