7pm doors • 8pm show
Listening to Tom-Tom: Lucy Caplan in partnership with AMOC
Renowned scholar Lucy Caplan partners with National Sawdust curators American Modern Opera Company (AMOC) to lead Listening to “Tom-Tom”, a discussion of the 1932 opera by author, musicologist, African-American civil rights activist, and composer Shirley Graham Du Bois. Following an introduction of excerpts from the work, Caplan and fellow panelists that include AMOC bass-baritone Davóne Tines, will discuss the opera’s complex representations of race, gender, and history in addition to the opportunities and challenges of presenting Tom-Tom today.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.