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Composer Anthony Davis discusses the influences which have shaped his work in contemporary jazz and opera. He is joined by singers Thomas Young and Cynthia Aaronson-Davis in performing excerpts from his operas.

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Themes

  • Culture in Music--expressing cultural perspectives through music
  • History and Music--using music to educate others about life experience and historical events
  • Narrative in Music--using music to tell a personal and emotional story
  • Creativity--finding inspiration in everyday life
Topics
  • Historical and cultural perspectives in music--specifically Amistad, slavery, and Malcolm X
  • The world of opera and its theatrical and multicultural aspects
  • The process of creating an opera
  • The process of becoming an opera singer and the unique skills one must acquire
Discussion Points
  • Can you think of a song or piece of music that expresses a specific cultural or historical perspective?
  • What did you know about opera before watching the program? Did you think you would enjoy it? After watching the program, have your opinions changed?
  • What is your cultural background and how can that be used to inspire you?
Activities
  • Write a one page story and then turn it into a song using whichever style you choose (jazz, rock and roll, hip hop, etc.) Perform it with a friend.
     

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