7pm doors • 8pm show
Listening to Tom-Tom: Lucy Caplan in partnership with AMOC
Renowned scholar Lucy Caplan partners with the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), one of National Sawdust’s Artists-In-Residence, 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 sung by bass-bariton Davóne Tines, Caplan and fellow panelists 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.
Lucy Caplan is a doctoral candidate in American Studies and African American Studies at Yale University, where she is writing a dissertation about African American performers, critics, and composers of opera during the early twentieth century. While at Yale, Lucy also earned a master’s concentration in Public Humanities, and she has held fellowships and internships at Boston Lyric Opera, the Beinecke Library, the West End Museum, and the Cambridge Historical Society. She is the recipient of the 2016 Rubin Prize for Music Criticism, and her writing has appeared in Symphony, National Sawdust Log, and The New Yorker, among others.