LIVE MULTIMEDIA CONCERT PERFORMANCES

showcasing world cultures, customs, and music


Sacred Grounds, Sacred Sounds:

A Journey Through the History, Mystery,

and Music of Père Lachaise Cemetery
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DESCRIPTION: This is the story of the world's first rural garden cemetery, founded by Napoleon in 1803, and the extraordinarily talented musicians who permanently reside there - from Chopin, Bizet, and Cherubini to Stephane Grappelli, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison of the Doors. Chamber music accompaniment includes string arrangements of music associated with Père Lachaise residents, from Chopin's Funeral March to
Piaf's La Vie en Rose.

USES TO DATE: performed live in concert halls, churches, and libraries throughout the Northeast, using a large projection screen and classical musicians from Boston; simulcast live on TV in New York City during show at Trinity Church Wall Street; short segments posted on YouTube

LENGTH: shown on YouTube are excerpts, 2:31 and 0:47 minutes. Live performance is approximately one hour and includes opening lecture.


Classic Black:

Chamber Music by African American Composers
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DESCRIPTION: Combining fascinating historic information about the African American cultural and musical heritage with live music performance, Classic Black introduces audiences to classical music created by Black American composers.

USES TO DATE: performed live in educational settings; short segments posted on YouTube.

LENGTH: shown on YouTube are excerpts, 2:20 minutes. Live performance is approximately one hour and includes opening lecture.





Noche de Muertos:

Welcoming Our Ancestors Home
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DESCRIPTION: Mexico's most popular holiday, the Day of the Dead, is both a heartfelt homage to ancestors and a lighthearted, community-centered excuse for family gatherings, creative crafts, food, floral arrangements, dance, pageantry-- and poking fun at the grim reaper. This performance includes original narrative, poetry, imagery, and musical accompaniment.

USES TO DATE: performed live with the band Sol y Canto throughout the Northeast, Washington D.C., and Pennsylvania; simulcast live on TV in New York City during the show at Trinity Church Wall Street; used for teacher seminar at Harvard's Peabody Museum for a day-long workshop on the Mexican Day of the Dead; short segments posted on YouTube.

LENGTH: shown on YouTube is an excerpt, 1:09 minutes.


Soul Survivor

A Healing Journey
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DESCRIPTION: Soul Survivor chronicles one woman's tale of courage and healing from the pain and dissociation brought on by childhood sexual abuse. It is also a universal story of self-knowledge and transformation told with warmth, beauty, and elegance. Moving imagery is interpretive, not graphic, and soundtrack melds emotive narrative with original viola music composed by Patricia Van Ness and performed by Rebecca Strauss.

USES TO DATE: performed live in concert halls, churches, and healing centers, throughout the Greater Boston area using a large projection screen; segments posted on YouTube

LENGTH: shown on YouTube is an excerpt, 0:46 minutes.