Sound, Breaking Away
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Anthony Davis Anthony Davis is a composer of operatic, symphonic, choral and chamber works. He is also known for his performances both as a solo pianist and as the leader of the ensemble Episteme: musicians who are disciplined interpreters, as well as provocative improvisers. In April 1993, Davis made his Broadway debut, composing the music for Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, directed by George C. Wolfe. His music is also heard in Kushner’s companion piece, Perestroika, which opened on Broadway in November 1993. Davis is best known for his operas. X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X, which played to sold-out houses at its premiere at the New York City Opera in 1986. The recording of X was released on the Gramavision label in August 1992 and received a GRAMMY nomination for "Best Contemporary Classical Composition" in February 1993. Davis's second opera, Under the Double Moon, a science fiction opera with an original libretto by Deborah Atherton, premiered at the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in June 1989. His third opera, Tania, with a libretto by Michael-John LaChiusa and based on the abduction of Patricia Hearst, premiered at the American Music Theater Festival in June 1992. A fourth opera, Amistad, set to a libretto by poet Thulani Davis, about a shipboard uprising by slaves and their subsequent trial, premiered at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in November 1997. Davis studied at Wesleyan and Yale universities. He was Yale's first Lustman Fellow, teaching composition and Afro-American studies. In 1987, Davis was appointed senior fellow with the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, and in 1990 he returned to Yale University as visiting professor of music. He became professor of music in Afro-American studies at Harvard University in fall 1992, and assumed a full-time professorship at the University of California at San Diego in January 1998.
Quincy Troupe Quincy Troupe
is author of 18 books, including 10 volumes of poetry, including The Architecture of Language
, recipient of the 2007 Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement; Transcircularities
, recipient of the 2003 Milt Kessler Poetry Award, selected by Publishers Weekly
as one of the 10 best poetry books of 2002; and Avalanche
. His new book of poems, Errançities
, was published in 2012. He is professor emeritus at the University of California, San Diego, was the first official Poet Laureate of California. The recipient of three American Book Awards, Troupe is co-author (with Miles Davis) of Miles: The Autobiography
, and author of Miles and Me
American bass-baritone Darren K. Stokes
embarked on an opera career in 2002 after working as a chemist for Domino Sugar Refinery. Since then, he has trained with distinguished young artists’ programs including the Ryan Opera Center, Glimmerglass Opera and Sarasota Opera, where he was awarded the 2005 Leo M. Rogers Scholarship for Outstanding Apprentice. He has also toured with Rick Benjamin’s Paragon Ragtime Orchestra and in New York State with various gospel groups.
David Holkeboer David Holkeboer
maintains a coaching studio in New York City and collaborates with singers in recitals. Holkeboer has worked with the Chamber Opera Theatre of New York, the First American Music Theatre Festival in Philadelphia, the O’Neill Theatre Center in Connecticut, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute and Florentine Opera (Milwaukee, WI). For the past several years, he has been the pianist for the Art Song Competition of the Liederkranz Foundation and a member of the faculty duo VocePiano at the Diller-Quaille School of Music. He has collaborated in performances with Ariel Bybee, Phillip Cokorinos, Susan Dunn, Faith Esham, Scott Hendricks, Ruby Hinds, James McCracken, Erika Sunnegårdh and Sandra Warfield. He studied with John Wustman and received an M.M. from the University of Illinois.
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