Sing Her Name: A Musical Tribute to Black Women
Tuesday, July 13
Cooper Union, Great Hall
Inspired by #SayHerName, Sing Her Name is a musical tribute to black women impacted by racial injustice, and female activists and organizers of the historic Civil Rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements. Sing Her Name will be held on July 13, 2016, to mark the one-year anniversary of Sandra Bland's passing. The concert features a program of all female composers, including New York and U.S. premieres of works by Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Ethel Smyth, and a new choral work composed by Courtney Bryan, with text by Sharan Strange.
Under the artistic direction of James Blachly (known most recently for his acclaimed Rite of Spring Dance Party) and Grammy-award winning conductor John McLaughlin Williams, the concert's soloists include Fiddler on the Roof’s Kelly Hall-Tompkins, soprano Marlissa Hudson, baritone Dashon Burton, vocalist Helga Davis, and pianist Michelle Cann. The Dream Unfinished Chorus will include members of Downtown Voices, Cantori New York, and other area ensembles.
In addition to musical selections, Sing Her Name will include appearances by Terrance McKnight (WQXR), Kimberle Crenshaw (African American Policy Forum), Gina Belafonte (Sankofa.org), Farah Griffin (Columbia University), Agunda Okeyo (Sisters of Comedy), Farah Tanis (Black Women’s Blueprint), Trevor Weston (Drew University) and other artists and speakers. Proceeds will go to the Center for Constitutional Rights, African American Policy Forum, and Black Women's Blueprint. Sing Her Name is presented by The Dream Unfinished: An Activist Orchestra, whose mission is to provide a platform for classical musicians to show solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. For more information please visit www.thedreamunfinished.org.