Porgy and Bess: A Black Perspective

Porgy and Bess: A Black Perspective

Feb 23, 2020, 03:00 pm at Auburn Avenue Research Library

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Event Address: 101 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA, USA


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, in collaboration with the Baton Foundation, Inc., and the Atlanta Opera, will present an afternoon of music, discussion, and reflection on the Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess. This program is free and open to the public.

Dr. Naomi André, professor and author of Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement (University of Illinois Press, 2018), will join cast members from The Atlanta Opera production of Porgy and Bess as they give their perspective on the celebrated, but complex, opera. As Dr. André states, “Porgy and Bess is a double-edged sword for many people. It has heartfelt melodies and terrible stereotypes that reference minstrel images, it shows an inner depth to its main characters and also dooms them to terrible outcomes.” In addition to discussing the challenges of Porgy, the panel will give insight on recent Black operas and steps to move the operatic field towards a more equitable artform. Selections from Porgy and Bess will also be presented as a part of the program.

Event Start Date: Feb 23, 2020 03:00 pm

Event End Date: Feb 23, 2020 05:30 pm

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