( Fri., Apr. 1, 2022 - Sat., Apr. 2, 2022 )
Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC 28211-2243
Tony Award nominated Broadway composer Andrew Lippa curated the much-anticipated world premiere song cycle, Songs of the Phoenix, and Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen produced. This monumental choral work features 10 movements created by 13 different composers and lyricists, representing myriad musical genres, personal identities and cultures: Indigenous, Black, Pacific Islander, Chinese, Mexican, and White; women, men, and trans; gay, straight, bi, and pansexual; opera, theater, performance art, and pop; and ages spanning more than four decades. They are (in alphabetical order): Ty Defoe, Alexandra Elle, Siedah Garrett, Joriah Kwamé, Patrick and Daniel Lazour, Andrew Lippa, Melissa Li, Ingrid Michaelson, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Diana Syrse, and Kit Yan.
Weaving together each movement is spoken narration, contextualizing the drama of the various pieces. OVC and local community leaders will organize talkbacks immediately following both performances, providing space for dialogue about the themes presented.