SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2020
Lincoln Theatre | 7:30PM
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Concept + creation by Destiny Coleman, Director of Education + Artistic Administration for Opera Columbus
Celebrating African-American music and culture, this production will highlight gospel, jazz, and works from the Civil Rights Movement. The Journey: Civil Rights will explore prominent figures in the movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks; pivotal events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington; and issues such as segregation, integration, and more.
The Journey: Civil Rights will be performed by local singers, spoken word artists, dance groups, and choirs, and will feature works ranging from opera to rhythm and blues. Steeped in African-American history and the struggle for equal rights, yet universal in its emotional and musical appeal, this unique program presents a rich body of work passed down through generations and communities, and deeply relevant to our present day. The Journey: Civil Rights aims to share the African-American experience with audiences of all ages, races, religions, and backgrounds.
CAST + CREATIVE
Soprano – Keyona Willis
Mezzo-Soprano – DeMeeshia Marshall
Tenor – Jaron M. LeGrair
Bass-Baritone – Christopher Humbert Jr.
Narrator/Spoken Word – Tripp Fontane
Narrator/Spoken Word – Caroline Inspires Bennett
Performer – Playon Patrick
Performer – Dylan Grace Murphy
Performer – Ayla Bella
FROM THE CREATOR
Opera Columbus is excited to present The Journey: Civil Rights!
Our new brand focus, “Make it Yours,” is meant to welcome our audience and patrons to come as themselves, rather than any preconceived notion of what an opera goer might be. We’re out to refresh – to breathe new life – into the way opera is performed and presented. At Opera Columbus, we are creating an open, innovative, fun, and unexpected form of entertainment that reflects our young, vibrant and diverse city.
I created The Journey: Civil Rights to partner with civic organizations and create inclusive programming that celebrates and represents the culture and voices of our diverse community. We thrive to form new and stronger relationships with local cultural and community organizations that serve Columbus’ African-American communities to create programming that will integrate fresh perspectives and cultural traditions with opera.
The Journey: Civil Rights focuses on our community programming and establishing partnerships with local organizations that go beyond engagement. We aim to create new productions and programs that are truly inclusive, giving representation, and opportunities to artists of color by celebrating and integrating African-American culture, history, and forms of expression with opera.
We seek to build collaborations that will help to demonstrate that opera is truly an art form for everyone. Through our new partnerships and the programming, we want to educate and build awareness around African-American cultural history, expose the city to the wealth of African-American, Columbus based artists, establish a platform for artistic expression, and create performances and programs that are relevant and representative of our entire community.
Performance made possible by:
Bryn + Femi Adeyanju
Impresarios of Opera Columbus
Puffin West Foundation, Ltd.
Opera Columbus’ Education + Community Programming is made possible by a gift from James + Luanna Bicknell.