Black Lives—Music from the Operas of Anthony Davis

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Monday, March 18, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

UM Gusman Concert Hall

Anthony Davis, guest composer

Carl DuPont and Kevin Short, guest bass-baritones

Alan Johnson, piano

Concert curator and pianist Alan Johnson is joined by former FSOM faculty member Kevin Short, alumnus Carl Dupont, and composer Anthony Davis to perform music from Davis's acclaimed operas X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, Amistad, and a new opera on the horizon: FIVE. Critical moments in the history of African Americans are placed in historical and cultural context exploring the emotional voyage from our present to the past. The audience will experience not only the retelling of history but a deeper understanding of the emotional stakes in navigating the political and social forces that shape America.