FIRE SHUT UP IN MY BONES
AUGUST 6 & 7, 2022
WITH TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET
Following up the 2016 world premiere of a revised version of Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion: An Opera in Jazz, these historic performances featuring the GRAMMY-winning Turtle Island Quartet and a selection of guest vocalists will focus on music from Blanchard’s groundbreaking new opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on journalist and author Charles M. Blow’s powerful memoir chronicling his early life in rural Louisiana.
San Francisco, California
AUGUST 18 & 19, 2022
The Grammy-winning Catalyst Quartet debuts at the Festival, performing music by Haydn and brand new short works for the quartet by Andy Akiho (heard at the Festival in 2018), Kevin Puts, and Jessie Montgomery, among others. Sharing the program is rising star soprano from the Metropolitan Opera, Karen Slack (“feisty, rich voiced,” New York Times), who offers songs by Richard Strauss; Festival Artistic Directors Julia Bruskin and Aaron Wunsch also perform Rachmaninoff’s passionate Cello Sonata.
First Presbyterian Church
MY SISTERS KEEPER
NOVEMBER 13, 2022
Metropolitan Opera Star Karen Slack returns to perform on stage of the new Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU in My Sister’s Keeper, with award-winning pianist Michelle Cann.
FORT WORTH OPERA
Fort Worth, TX
WITH PIANIST MICHELLE CANN
FREEDOM ON THE MOVE
PHILADELPHIA CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY AND WIREY CRIES
JANUARY 15, 2023
WITH THE RHIANNON GIDDENS, HOWARD WATKINS, REGINALD MOBLEY AND WILL LIVERMAN
Singing Freedom utilizes Freedom on the Move—Cornell University’s database devoted to the experiences of fugitives from slavery in North America—to “capture a multiplicity of voices and perspectives, each meditating on what it means to risk all to be free.”
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center
MARCH 18, 2023
Miró and Slack come together in a unique program that includes compositions by Teresa Carreño, Florence Price, and George Walker, among others.
WITH THE MIRÓ QUARTET
THE JONAH PEOPLE
APRIL 13, 14, 15 & 16, 2023
Few artists have conveyed the African American experience in America as movingly and as powerfully as Hannibal Lokumbe. Skillfully bringing together jazz, blues, gospel, opera, orchestral and choral music, this legendary trumpeter and composer will premiere his most expansive and ambitious project yet, The Jonah People: A Legacy of Struggle and Triumph. Featuring a cast of six vocalists, nine actors, a full chorus, a jazz quartet and an African drumming ensemble, this monumental production will bring the community together in a celebration of music, artistry and African American voices.
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
TRIALS, TEARS TRANSCENDENCE: THE JOURNEY OF CLARA LUPER