Symposium Schedule

Symposium Schedule

Symposium Schedule

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Concert - Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019

McNeil COncert Hall

6:00 PM  |  Concert performance celebrating the music of lost or rarely performed composers of African descent.
Featuring excerpts of Jonestown - an opera by Dr. Evan Williams of Rhodes College - performed by Opera Memphis, featured performance by soprano Carami Hilaire (pictured above), and solo performance by Marcus King of Margaret Bond's Three Dream Portraits.

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Symposium - Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

HYde Hall

8:00 AM  | Registration

9:00 AM  | Welcome Address

9:15 AM  | Historiography of Opera Education and Race:
Dr. J. Tyler Fritts (Rhodes College)

Professor Emmanuel J. Stokes (Berea College)

Dr. John Bass (Rhodes College)





10:00 AM  | Student Perspectives on Opera, Race, and Musicological Research:
Quinn Kendall (Rhodes College)
Anna Campbell (Snead State)
Maya Castello (Snead State)

10:45 AM  | Break

11:00 AM  | "Color Bold" Casting and Contemporary Opera Companies:
Anh Le (Opera Theatre of St. Louis)




12:00 PM  | Lunch

1:00 PM  | Welcome Back

1:15 PM  | Q&A with the Composer of the Opera Jonestown:
Dr. Evan Williams (Rhodes College)





1:45 PM  Black Opera in South Africa:
Dr. Naomi André (University of Michigan)





2:45 PM  | Break

3:00 PM  | 19th Century New Orleans Free Composers of Color: Breaking Down Barriers in Music and Civil Rights:
Givonna Joseph (OperaCréole)





4:00 PM  | Panel Discussion:
Anh Le (Opera Theatre of St. Louis)



Dr. Naomi André (University of Michigan)





Givonna Joseph (OperaCréole)





4:30 PM  | Farewell Address


7:00PM  |  Opera Memphis Concert at Levitt Shell
1928 Poplar Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

After the conclusion of the Symposium on Friday, guests and attendees are invited to join Opera Memphis at Overton Park’s Levitt Shell for a free concert part of 30 Days of Opera.
Levitt Shell is an outdoor amphitheatre located in the heart of Midtown, and boasts a beautiful green lawn for audience members to sit and enjoy free music sponsored by the Orion Free Concert Music Series. Chairs or blankets are recommended.