The first annual convening of 250 international thought leaders and change agents from business, government, education, media, science and the arts to take place on Lincoln Center’s campus in New York City on September 18.
Performing for the first time in New York City since the tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June of this year, is North Charleston-based choir Lowcountry Voices.
Performing for the first time in New York City since the tragic shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in June of this year, is North Charleston-based choir Lowcountry Voices. The group lent their voices to the healing effort immediately following the shooting in the nationally televised memorial service, during which President Obama delivered a moving eulogy. The tragedy remains a reminder of the awful and ubiquitous character of racial hatred, and the group’s presence at the Lincoln Center Global Exchange stands as a testament to the resilience of creativity in the face of violence. Lowcountry Voices’ Minister of Music, Wayne Singleton, and choir member Dr. Timothy D. Brown, both performing with Lowcountry Voices at Lincoln Center, knew all of the victims and participated in the music ministry at the funeral services for all nine.
…the program will celebrate with renowned Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour …
As part of the program will celebrate with renowned Senegalese musician Youssou N’Dour, as well as conductor Gustavo Dudamel, who, along with the Orquesta de Camara de la Sinfónica Nacional Infantil de Venezuela, will perform one of Wagner’s most personal compositions, Siegfried Idyll, a tone poem for chamber ensemble, written by the composer as a gift to his wife, Cosima, on the occasion of the birth of his son Siegfried in 1869. Both ensembles exemplify the role the arts play in strengthening communities and fostering understanding.
Israeli singer-songwriter and activist David Broza will also join the evening, alongside members of the Nazareth-based Polyphony Quartet, who use popular and classical music traditions to help bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel. Over the past four decades, Broza has come to international prominence for his music’s rich mixture of melodies, histories and lyrics, sung in Hebrew, English, and Spanish. In addition, the evening will feature work from three Olympic Games Opening Ceremony choreographers Shen Wei (Beijing 2008), Akram Khan Company (London 2012) and Deborah Colker (Rio de Janeiro 2016). Tony Award-winning actor Ruben Santiago-Hudson will read from American classics by August Wilson, drawing on Wilson’s muscular language, particularly in his celebrated Pittsburgh Cycle of ten plays, which lay bare the fault lines in American urban landscapes. Finally, students and prominent alumni from The Juilliard School will bring to life works by French playwright Pierre Beaumarchais, and Mozart. South African baritone Thesele Kemane will join Chinese soprano Ying Fang for the opening duet of Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro.
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