CASOP: A REQUIEM FOR RICE (Premiere)


Unburied, Unmourned and Unmarked

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 7pm

Carnegie Music Hall
4000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania

The Orchestral Debut of "Casop: A Requiem for Rice" on February 13, 2019 will feature libretto which recovers the voices of the enslaved by acclaimed historian and executive producer, Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black, and original score by composer, three-time Emmy Award-winner John Wineglass.

Tickets: $30 adult, $20 senior

Email producer@requiemforrice.com for Group Ticket / CMU Ticket promo codes.

Sponsored by Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh Foundation, Heinz Endowments and The Opportunity Fund.


Support Casop: A Requiem for Rice

Support "Casop: A Requiem for Rice," a new piece of contemporary classical music commissioned by the Pittsburgh Foundation Benjamin Harris Memorial Fund and Nicky Horvitz Gordon Memorial Fund, the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, and the Opportunity Fund.


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Support Casop: A Requiem for Rice

Support "Casop: A Requiem for Rice," a new piece of contemporary classical music commissioned by the Pittsburgh Foundation Benjamin Harris Memorial Fund and Nicky Horvitz Gordon Memorial Fund, the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative, and the Opportunity Fund. A true marriage between West African and European classical traditions, Casop: A Requiem for Rice is a modern and African-American inspired take on a classic requiem in the spirit of Verdi, Mozart, Faure, and Britten. It mourns the souls of the enslaved who died on Lowcountry rice plantations, their bodies unburied, their suffering unmourned, and their sacrifices unmarked for future generations. The Orchestral Debut of "Casop: A Requiem for Rice" on February 13, 2019 will feature libretto which recovers the voices of the enslaved by acclaimed historian and executive producer, Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black, and original score by composer, three-time Emmy Award-winner John Wineglass.

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CASOP: A Requiem for Rice

Casop reclaims African and African-American history and fosters reconciliation among Africans, Europeans, and Americans. The stories of Africans enslaved on Lowcountry rice plantations become a new genre, the vehicle through which oppressed and voiceless peoples can tell their stories, mourn their dead, and celebrate their contributions to the world.

The following principal artists are creating new artistic works for Casop:

Edda L. Fields-Black

Executive Producer and Librettist

The Libretto by Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black is the foundation for the many interpretations of Casop: A Requiem for Rice. It recovers the rare voices and reveals the experiences of Africans enslaved on Lowcountry rice plantations.

John Wineglass

Composer

(Emmy® Award-Winning Composer) has performed on five continents, before every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan and with several Oscar® and Grammy® Award Winning artists, including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Jamie Foxx to name a few.

Julie Dash

Director and Filmmaker

On-stage film instillations by Julie Dash, with David Claessen, designed to be shown on a digital screen behind orchestra, mapping projections of inland and tidal rice field landscapes aiming to interest and educate the participants in the history and consequences of Lowcountry rice production as experienced by enslaved Africans.

David Claessen

Cinematographer

On-stage film instillations David Claessen, designed with Julie Dash, designed to be shown on a digital screen behind orchestra, mapping projections of inland and tidal rice field landscapes aiming to interest and educate the participants in the history and consequences of Lowcountry rice production as experienced by enslaved Africans.