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Elastic Arts is pleased to announce a new performance series AfriClassical @ Elastic, opening with a performance and discussion with D-Composed on Friday, December 11.
Through the AfriClassical Series, Elastic Arts seeks to foreground the under-recognized achievements and challenges of African American composers and performers working in classical music. Series events will feature works and performances by African American composers and performers. Then the artists will be invited to share their perspectives and experiences from working in a markedly Eurocentric field, their take on the relationships between music of the African Diaspora and Western art music, as well as their ambitions for the future of their work, in dialogue with insightful interlocutors.
D-Composed is a Chicago-based chamber music ensemble that honors Black creativity and culture through the music of Black composers. Their mission to merge various artistic mediums to properly honor the legacy and brilliance of Black composers is so precisely congruent to the purpose of the series, it is especially exciting to present them as in the inaugural AfriClassical event. Their presentations boldly re-examine and often challenge the boundaries around classical music, redefining the genre and bringing it into new kinds of spaces. And, comprised of experienced and renowned musicians, they have insights into the Black experience within the universe of classical music that should be remarkably engaging.
This event will feature a virtual presentation of D-Composed performing pieces by Black composers. The performance will be followed by a live Zoom discussion between members of the ensemble, series curator and tenor Julian Otis, and Elastic Arts Executive Director, Dr. Adam Zanolini.
The performance and discussion will be streamed via Twitch. AfriClassical is supported by the Paul M. Angell Foundation.
There’s a $10 Suggested Donation for this event.
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