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The Julia Perry Centenary Celebration and Festival Opening Night

(Le) Poisson Rouge
Mar 13 | Wed |
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Join us for the Julia Perry Centenary Celebration and Festival’s Opening Night concert, featuring the multi-GRAMMY-nominated PUBLIQuartet, soprano Laquita Mitchell, violinist Curtis Stewart, and pianist and musicologist Samantha Ege. PUBLIQuartet creatively re-imagines the music of Julia Perry, performing arrangements by members of the quartet Jannina Norpoth, Hamilton Berry and Curtis Stewart. The performance includes world premiere arrangements of Perry’s Prelude for Piano, Perry’s Miniature for Piano, and Stewart’s We Who Seek, which draws on Perry’s choral work Ye, Who Seek the Truth in a new version for quartet, electronics, and spoken word. Soprano Laquita Mitchell will perform two rediscovered songs by Perry, How Beautiful are the Feet and By the Sea. Samantha Ege performs Perry’s Miniature for Piano and Prelude for Piano.

PUBLIQuartet has been applauded by The Washington Post as “a perfect encapsulation of today’s trends in chamber music” while soprano Laquita Mitchell was praised in The New York Times for her “smooth-voiced and soothing presence;” pianist Samantha Ege is known for her "vivid, revelatory" performances (iNews). Together they bring an innovative program of Perry’s music to Le Poisson Rouge. The evening also celebrates the release of Experiential Orchestra’s album American Counterpoints, which features contributions from all of the PUBLIQuartet members.

Presented by Experiential Orchestra and Videmus, the Julia Perry Centenary Celebration and Festival takes place from March 13-16 in New York City. Julia Perry was a successful and celebrated Black classical composer whose work fell into obscurity after her death in 1979; her music is now finally being revived and beginning to receive the attention it has so richly deserved. The four-day festival celebrates Perry’s brilliance and legacy and illustrates the vibrance and importance of her music historically, today, and tomorrow. The celebration takes place at venues across the city including Le Poisson Rouge, Mannes School of Music at The New School, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. In addition to EXO and Videmus, presenting partners include Mannes School of Music at The New School College of Performing Arts and National Concerts. WQXR is the official media partner.

Venue: (Le) Poisson Rouge

158 Bleecker St. Map