David Alan Miller, conductor
Lucy Dhegrae, vocals
Lucy Fitz Gibbon, vocals
Dogs of Desire, the orchestra’s electrifying genre-bending new music ensemble, sing out with five world premieres by leading-edge composers Clarice Assad, Viet Cuong, Loren Loiacono, Andre Myers, and Rachel Peters inspired by great passions of historic figures and milestones, such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and the Stonewall Uprising. Collaborators include Capital Repertory Theatre, Girls Inc., Albany High School Chorus, and choreographer Adam Weinert.
Viet Cuong, composer, and Adam Weinert, choreographer, Transfigured
Inspired by the people of Stonewall who relied on humor to persevere through injustice, and who ultimately awakened a new era in the LGBTQ rights movement with the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.
Clarice Assad, Ain’t I A Woman
In collaboration with Girls, Inc. (“inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold”), Assad creates a multimedia work inspired by Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman” speech.
Andre Myers, Studies in Hope: Frederick Douglass
Working with the Albany High School Chorus, Andre Meyers creates a Hip-Hop work Inspired by the words of Frederick Douglass.
Rachel J. Peters, If You Can Prove That I Should Set You Free
Collaborating with a theatre group, Peters takes inspiration from Alice Duer Miller’s Women are People
Loren Loiacono, composer, and Capital Repertory Theatre, Petticoats of Steel
Loiacono, in collaboration with Cap Rep, resets poetry, protest songs (both pro- and anti-suffrage), speeches, and letters in a contemporary vernacular to create a multifaceted portrait of the suffrage movement. The work incorporates poetry by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (author of “The Yellow Wallpaper”) and abolitionist Sarah Forten.
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