“Freedom Ride” at French Quarter Festival

Freedom Ride at French Quarter Festival

We will be presenting a free showchase of music and scenes from Freedom Ride at the French Quarter Festival this year in New Orleans.  The performance is at 3:30pm on Saturday, April 14 at the historic St. Mary’s Church (the old Ursulines Convent), at 1116 Chartres St., on the corner of Ursulines.

Sylvie: Dara Rahming
Russell: Chauncey Packer
Clayton: Rev. Mitchell Stevens

Xavier University of Louisiana Concert Choir, directed by John Ware

This presentation is free and open to the public.  No tickets are required!

www.fqfi.org

“Freedom Riders Remembered” at Xavier

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

And featuring a panel discussion with:

Jerome Smith
Sandra Nixon Thomas
Alice Thompson
Claude Reese
Dave Dennis
Matt Suarez
Dorotha “Dodie” Smith-Simmons

This presentation is free and open to the public.  No tickets are required!

Freedom Ride on Facebook

There is now a Freedom Ride page on Facebook, so please “like” us if you would like to receive news and updates on the progress of the opera.

https://www.facebook.com/freedom.ride.opera

If you do not have a Facebook account, you can still view the beautiful pictures that George Long took at our October gala at Longue Vue:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.128405190613893.23669.128397013948044&type=3&l=48309ca7cb

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!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESgGKoHNP_o

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcfLoUuCVfc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOIhNx1fB-k

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

http://www.longuevue.com/

Media Coverage for Freedom Ride

Media Coverage for Freedom Ride

Thanks to Longue Vue House and Garden’s brilliant publicists, Charlotte LeCorgne and Shira Pinsker, Freedom Ride has been getting a lot of press in New Orleans!  Below are links to some television clips from WGNO (ABC) with the lovely Chriss Knight, as well as articles in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Louisiana Weekly, and the NOLA Defender.

http://www.abc26.com/news/local/wgno-news-freedom-ride,0,3275821.story

http://www.abc26.com/news/newswithatwist/snapshot-new-orleans/wgno-freedome-riders-march-anniversary-20111019,0,4842919.story

http://www.nola.com/arts/index.ssf/2011/10/xavier_prof_pens_opera_set_in.html

http://www.nola.com/society/index.ssf/2011/10/nell_nolans_social_scene_trio.html

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/short-run-opera-showcases-civil-rights-movement-activists/

http://noladefender.com/content/freedom-ride-civil-rights-opera-debuts-tonight-longue-vue-gardens