A Documentary View of Race Through A Different Lens!

National Premiere
An American Story: Race Amity and the Other Tradition

Friday, November 10, 2017
WGBH Boston, One Guest Street
6:00PM - 7:00PM Reception
7:00PM - 8:00PM - Premiere Screening Program
8:00PM - 9:00PM - Q & A with Film Commentators

Proceeds support The National Center for Race Amity

Tickets $150
(Includes Reception, Screening, Commemorative Gifts)


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You may also wish to attend the Greater Boston Performance of European Mezzo Soprano Diva Andrea Baker's Salute to African American Female Vocalist

Sing Sistah Sing!
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Boston Marriott, Quincy, MA
6:00PM - 7:00PM Reception
7:00PM - 9:00PM - Dinner and Performance

Tickets $150 (Includes Reception and Dinner)



  Sing Sistah Sing! is the first work conceived and written by internationally renowned Mezzo Soprano Andrea Baker. This show is both a celebration of the sound and extraordinary breadth of African American female voices, and a heartfelt retelling of some of their most incredible life stories. Sing Sistah Sing! brilliantly weaves together these women’s brave struggles both in the civil rights movement and in their fight for artistic freedom both at home and abroad. Some have chosen opera, jazz or blues to express their inner truth, but at the heart of the Sing Sistah Sing! story is that all of African American women carry in their souls and voices the sounds of their ancestors’ songs of the plantation. Some of the women celebrated in Sing Sistah Sing! include Leontyne Price, Marian Anderson, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, and the great Billie Holiday. Andrea Baker, herself an artistic trailblazer, is the first African American to sing Fricka, Waltraute, Erda and 2nd Norn in Wagner’s great Ring Cycle in the Chinese premiere of the work at the Beijing Arts Festival, the first African American Carmen in Australia at the Sydney Opera House and the first African American to sing the role of Ortrud in the South Korean premiere of Wagner’s Lohengrin at the Daegu Opera Festival. With Sing Sistah Sing! Andrea Baker tells her own deeply personal story and pays joyful, soulful homage to many of the women who courageously paved the way. Sing Sistah Sing! is a delightful and enthralling mixture of storytelling, jazz, blues, opera, art song, gospel and rollicking piano virtuosity.
     
    Pianist Richard Lewis: Raised in Scotland Richard read music at Magdalen College, Oxford and Edinburgh University. After a year at the National Opera Studio he went to the Nationaltheater Mannheim where he worked on over 60 productions, both as conductor and repetiteur. Since August 2000 Richard has worked as assistant to Adam Fischer at the Haydn festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, with the Danish Sinfonietta (on six award-winning Mozart CDs 2002 – 2008) the annual Budapest Wagner Ring Cycle’s (2006 – 2017) and at the Salzburg Festival (2005 - 2009). Between 2007 and 2010 Richard was conductor and chorus master at Opera Queensland, making his Australian conducting debut with The Magic Flute (2008). He also gave the first Australian performance of Haydn’s L’isola disabitata (2010). He returns to conduct The Marriage of Figaro in Brisbane in 2018. In 2012 he conducted Rusalka at La Monnaie, Brussels and La Clemenza di Tito for English Touring Opera. His creative work includes two musicals, Riot and Heart Songs, as well the libretto to Spike (Edinburgh Fringe 2006) and Opera Galactica (2001)


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