The Road We Came
THREE MUSICAL WALKING TOURS EXPLORING AFRICAN AMERICANS AND BLACK MUSIC HISTORY IN NEW YORK CITY.
Musical performances by acclaimed baritone Kenneth Overton and pianist Kevin J. Miller Historical narrative written and performed by award-winning author Eric K. Washington Featuring world premiere arrangements by James Davis Jr. and Damien Geter
On Site Opera once again re-defines the immersive and site-specific experience in Spring 2021 with The Road We Came, a new opera- and song-based project that explores the composers, musicians and places that define the rich Black history of New York City through a series of self-guided, musical walking tours. Celebrating a collection of never-recorded and seemingly lost classical compositions by Black composers, The Road We Came will use filmed musical performances and spoken narration to connect audiences to the musical timeline of Harlem, Midtown/Hell’s Kitchen and lower Manhattan. From the home and texts of the prolific poet Langston Hughes, to Lincoln Center, to the African Burial Ground National Monument, and beyond, The Road We Came will open windows to the past and re-frame the present. The Road We Came is a multi-media collaboration between On Site Opera, Ryan & Tonya McKinny’s Keep the Music Going Productions, award-winning biographer and Harlem historian Eric K. Washington, and critically acclaimed baritone, Kenneth Overton, who will be the featured soloist of the tours.
Each self-guided tour will be approximately a 90-to-120-minute immersive musical experience that patrons can access via a walking tour app and undertake at their own pace. The app will allow audiences to experience the tours in person and virtually. More info to come.
While we believe that the arc of all three tours in the suggested order tells a riveting and impactful story, each tour is designed to be enjoyed singularly or in any order.
Venue: Streets of NYC
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