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Baruch Performing Arts Center and Opera Omaha
present the Virtual Premiere of the chamber opera
dwb (driving while black)
October 23-29, 2020

Baruch Performing Arts Center and Opera Omaha present the virtual, directed-for-video premiere of dwb (driving while black) from October 23, 2020 at 9:00am ET through October 29, 2020 at 9:00pm ET. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and can be purchased via the BPAC portal here. There will also be a post-screening live talk, with details to come. A previously recorded excerpt of dwb (driving while black) can be viewed at https://youtu.be/F9oKCQzVVPM.

"This March was to have been the New York premiere of dwb (driving while black) at Baruch Performing Arts Center," said Ted Altschuler, Director, Baruch Performing Arts Center. "A concise, taut 50-minute sung monodrama, it is a musical provocation to engage with the essential conversation of our day: racial justice. Live performances are paused for the moment, but the need for learning and dialogue is not. Given the brevity of the piece and the uncertainty of live performances, our organizations are collaborating to help create a high-quality version of dwb directed explicitly for streaming presentation. Not everyone has the capacity to create content in this moment, but the conversation this piece provokes is urgent. As an arts center located on one of the most diverse public university campuses in the U.S., we exist to promote inquiry and discourse, something we will encourage via post-performance events."

dwb (driving while black) isa new chamber opera about racism, erasure, and the fear and love that black parents experience when they send their kids out into a world that too often sees them not as a child, but as a threat. This powerful music-drama documents the all-too-familiar story of an African American parent whose beautiful brown boy approaches driving age. What should be a celebration of independence and maturity turns out to be fraught with the anxiety of "driving while black."

 


the little OPERA theatre of ny
streams free highlights of
Owen Wingrave, Piramo e Tisbe, L'Amant Anonyme,
and Slow Dusk & Markheim

The little OPERA theatre of ny (LOTNY) streams highlights of its productions of
Owen Wingrave, Piramo e Tisbe, L'Amant Anonyme, Slow Dusk & Markheim, available to view for free at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDtbz8ZTv_BVWSB3__Mx23g.

 


 

the little OPERA theatre of ny
presented
Livestream Pop-Up Concert
Mozart & Friends
Now Available On-Demand

The little OPERA theatre of ny (LOTNY) presented Mozart & Friends, a livestream pop-up concert on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at 7:30pm from St. John's in the Village. The concert is now available to stream on-demand from any device-phone, tablet, computer, TV-or, if you miss that live feeling of being in the room together and want a new, immersive way to experience performances, Musae can send you a VR headset along with your ticket purchase. Tickets are $5 - $50 and can still be purchased online at https://www.musae.me/lotny/experiences/779/mozart-%2526-friends, or call Musae at 917.740.9694 should you need extra assistance. For more details, please visit https://www.lotny.org/.

Mozart & Friends spotlighted several arias from little OPERA's postponed production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Shepherd King in a newly commissioned singing translation from Mark Herman and Ronnie Apter, based upon the libretto by Pietro Metastasio.

The livestreamed performance featured tenors
Kameron Ghanavati, Rufus Müller, and mezzo-soprano
Heather Johnson, with instrumentalists
Elliot Figg (Harpsichord, Music Director),
Catherine Miller (Piano),
Manami Mizumoto (Violin), and
Sydney ZumMallen (Cello).

In addition to the selections from Mozart's opera, there was music of George Frideric Handel from his oratorio Jephtha and his opera Xerxes. There was also a bonus Mozart aria, as well as instrumental trios from Jean-Philippe Rameau and Chevalier de Saint-Georges.


 

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