Thursday 4 April 08:00pm

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.