Sunday, October 21, 2018

CAAPA: Opera Composers' Showcase, Prince Georges County, MD Oct. 28 4 PM

Opera Composer's Showcase
Opera showcase gears up to present three Black composers debuting new works.
(PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MD; Sunday, October 28, 2018)  The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA), with program partner Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council (PGAHC), presents the Opera Composer’s Showcase featuring excerpts by composers Scott Patterson, Steven M. Allen, and duo Jasmine Barnes and librettist Joshua Banbury.  The project, a two-year endeavor to help promote and showcase classical composers of color in and around the Prince George’s County region, is designed to help “Bring Color to the Classics” which is one of CAAPA’s main goals.  This event happens Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 4:00 pm in The Clarice Performing Arts Center on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park.  Parking is available for purchase in the adjacent parking garage and behind the center in the parking lot. 

Three / 20-minute segments of original operas are presented then followed by an on-stage interview by arts journalist Patrick D. McCoy, with composers sharing a brief overview and synopsis of their opera, description of characters, plot, and theme, as well as their inspiration. Upon completion of the vignettes and interviews, three professional classical musicians (composer, conductor, and vocalist) adjudicate to determine which composer will present their fully staged opera during CAAPA’s 2019-2020 season with funding, in the amount of $20,000.00, from program partner PGAHC.

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