Morena is a collaboration between Owen/Cox Dance Group and soprano Victoria Botero with ensemble, presenting contemporary choreography danced to music traditionally sung by Jewish, Muslim and Christian women. Explore themes of love, family and loss in secular music from the Sephardic, Arabic and Armenian traditions. There are only two performances of this unique repertory, passed from one woman to another since the medieval era, connecting across time and faiths.
An evening devoted to the music of composer Susan Kander. The program will include the Kansas City premiere of Driving While Black, featuring Roberta Gumbel, librettist and soprano, and the world premiere of a commissioned song cycle with poetry by Michelle Boisseau, featuring Victoria Botero, Soprano.
Pulitzer prize winner Anna in the Tropics is a poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and "lectors" are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination
Songs from the Spanish Medieval Court of Alfonso X. The Cantigas de Santa Maria, composed at the Court of King Alfonso X of Castile in the second half of the 13th century, are a vast repertory of poetry in medieval Galician. The 420 compositions include 353 narratives of miracles of the Virgin Mary. This program also included Islamic and Sephardic music from the same era.
An evening of cocktails, silent auction, dinner, and fabulous entertainment that celebrates and benefits the work of Quality Hill Playhouse.
Please join the Victoria Botero Ensemble with a first-of-its kind performance combining traditional music by Jewish, Muslim and Christian women. As relevant today as when they were first written, these secular songs from the Sephardic, Arabic and Armenian tradition have been sung continuously since the medieval era. Explore themes of love, family and loss in music that connects women across time and faith. Performed in the original languages, with projected translations and light commentary, this is a performance you cannot experience anywhere else!
The culmination of a month long residency exploring the life and work of Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677) at the Scuola Civica di Milano under the direction of renowned lutenist, Paul Beier. Residency and performance generously supported through the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program.
Commissioned for the 50th Annual Conference of NCECA. Original Music and Text by Mark Southerland. Loosely inspired by the art of Remedios Varo and Hieronymus Bosch, this experimental performance by Mark Southerland and collaborators explores the relationship of fantasy and caution in life and creative endeavor.
The Unreal City (Lansing McCloskey), for soprano, piano, & percussion