Listen to Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle, musician and scholar, discuss the storytelling power of jazz, soul, R&B and it’s legacy and fusing with opera to communicate powerful narratives through music—particularly as they are rooted in Black American experience, excellence, and expertise. From a deep history, Dr. Kernodle focuses on contemporary opera in the late 20th century and the intersectional identities in these operas that reveal the complex stories of our time. BLO Artists perform excerpts in this one-hour lecture performance presented by Boston Lyric Opera in support of the Boston Public Library’s Repairing America: Racial Equity and Recovery initiative.
Including the following selections:
"New York, New York"
From Queenie Pie
by Duke Ellington
Used by permission of Sony/ATV Harmony
Street's Aria and Malcolm's Aria
From X- The Life of Malcolm X
Music by Anthony Davis
Libretto by Thulani Davis
Story by Christopher Davis
Published by G. Schirmer, Inc.
"Give Me No Body without Your Soul"
from Blue Steel
Music by William Grant Still
Libretto by Bruce Forsythe
Published by William Grant Still Music
"A Real Slow Drag"
Music and libretto by Scott Joplin
Published by Scott Joplin, New York