Apr
18
Sat
Brooklyn Youth Chorus: she is called, featuring “Blood Sister” World Premiere @ UNC Chapel Hill, Memorial Hall
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

A remarkable musical portrait of women’s experiences from biblical times to the present day, she is called traces a path from early texts by men about women to explorations of current themes through the work of contemporary women composers, including the world premiere performance of Nathalie Joachim’s Blood Sister, with text by North Carolina Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green.

Brought to life by the acclaimed Brooklyn Youth Chorus (BYC), this work-in-progress showing illuminates the musical and spiritual lives of women today in radiant form. This developmental production is conceived and conducted by Dianne Berkun Menaker, founder and artistic director of BYC, and was developed with Helga Davis, who is also a Creative Futures fellow at Carolina Performing Arts.

Dec
2
Wed
Fanm d’Ayiti at Mix at Six @ Harris Theater
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Fanm d'Ayiti at Mix at Six @ Harris Theater | Chicago | Illinois | United States

A celebration of iconic yet under-recognized Haitian female artists, Fanm d’Ayiti (“Women of Haiti”) is an evening-length work for voice, flute, string quartet and electronics developed by composer/performer Nathalie Joachim and featuring Chicago’s own Spektral Quartet.

Equal parts an encounter with Joachim’s Haitian heritage and an effort to give voice to marginalized artists, Fanm d’Ayiti is iridescent in its exhibition of powerful women – in revolution, on stage, or in the home. From the deeply personal – including recorded voices of Joachim’s grandmother and the girls’ choir from her family’s farming village of Dantan – to the inspiringly prominent – featuring arrangements of songs by some of the greatest known female voices in Haitian history and recorded interviews with them about their fight for social justice – Fanm d’Ayiti is an uplifting and thought-provoking sonic experience.

Beginning at 6:00PM, Mix at Six is the series the Chicago Tribune says “ups the cultural ante considerably,” featuring high-energy, relaxed, fast-paced programs after work and opportunities for audiences to engage with featured performers. Drink specials and food will be available for purchase from HT concessions and pop-up food vendors. All Mix at Six performances are about 60–75 minutes in length.