Video from Mexico!

Our final performance in Mexico City (August 28, 2016) was filmed and broadcast live over UNAM television, and that video is now available on YouTube.  The whole concert is fantastic, including performances from violinists Philippe Quint and Vadim Gluzman on the first half.  The suite from Freedom Ride starts at about 1:12:00, followed by a suite from Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha and several spirituals.  Our soloists here are Dara Rahming as Sylvie, Chauncey Packer as Russell, and Ivan Griffin as Clayton.  The chorus is the great New Orleans Black Chorale, under the direction of John Ware, and la Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería is conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. 




Children, Can’t You Hear

We posted a rehearsal clip back in March, but here is the video from the Friday, March 22 performance of Freedom Ride at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans.  Featuring Dara Rahming, the Xavier University of Louisiana Concert Choir, and Wilfred Delphin on piano, directed by John Ware.  And special thanks to videographer Bill Blanke!

Act I Trio

Here is the trio from the end of Act I.  Sylvie’s mother, Georgia, has just found out that Sylvie plans on leaving on a bus to Jackson the following morning, and accosts her at the end of an intimate exchange with Clayton.

Sylvie: Dara Rahming
Georgia: Valerie Jones Francis
Clayton: Ivan Griffin

Wilfred Delphin, piano

John Ware, stage director

Recorded live, Friday, March 22, 8:00pm

Rehearsal footage, March 18, 2013

Just a little taste of what’s going on in rehearsals:

We’re still looking forward to seeing everyone there for our shows this weekend!

Sylvie: Dara Rahming
Georgia/Leonie: Valerie Jones Francis
Russell: Tyrone Chambers II
Clayton: Ivan Griffin

Xavier University of Louisiana Concert Choir, directed by John Ware

Wilfred Delphin, piano
John Ware, stage director

Friday, March 22, 8:00pm
Saturday, March 23, 8:00pm

Tickets: $15, $10 for students and seniors

Marigny Opera House
725 St. Ferdinand St., New Orleans

And special thanks again to Longue Vue House and Gardens, the Marigny Opera House, and the Arts Council of New Orleans for supporting this presentation!

Freedom Ride Excerpts Available Online

Freedom Ride Excerpts Available Online

I have now posted on YouTube three excerpts from the gala preview of Freedom Ride at Longue Vue House and Gardens on October 20, 2011.  Please feel free to share these!  This is just the very beginning of the long process of funding, creating, and producing the full opera, and Longue Vue is still actively seeking support for this project.  I am so grateful to executive director Joe Baker and everyone on the board and staff for both dreaming up this idea and for working so hard to make it happen.  I am also equally grateful to my stellar collaborators, most of them colleagues or students, and all of them dear friends.

Please enjoy, and please stay tuned: there will be more of Freedom Ride in the future!

Sylvie: Dara Rahming
Leonie: Valerie Jones Francis
Russell: Chauncey Packer
Clayton: Anthony Zoeller

Xavier University of Louisiana Concert Choir, directed by John Ware

Wilfred Delphin, piano

Dane Rhodes, stage director