"CASOP: A REQUIEM FOR RICE" CHORAL PERFORMANCE


Friday, September 21, 2018
7-8:15pm

East Liberty Presbyterian Church
116 S. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206

A moving choral movement of the full composition to debut in its entirety February 13, 2019 at Carnegie Music Hall Oakland highlighting composer Dr. Trevor Weston’s multifaceted composition.

General admission Tickets: $30 adult, $25 senior and $15 student with I.D. (free to CMU students with I.D.) Complimentary Meet The Artists reception to follow.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 22, 2018, 5-9pm
“Casop: A Requiem for Rice” Fundraising Event

PRE-CONCERT TALK, “KREUTZER SONATA” PERFORMANCE, RECEPTION, AND POSTPERFORMANCE VOCAL SERENADE
(Fundraising Event Ticket also includes ticket for 9/21 “Casop: A Requiem for Rice” Choral Performance)
Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, PA

September 22, 2018, 6pm
“Casop: Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata (performance only)

Frick Environmental Center, Pittsburgh, PA


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Understanding Casop: A Requiem for Rice
Casop: A Requiem for Rice will premiere in February 2019.

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

Producer, Librettist

Libretto by Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black is written from primary sources, WPA narratives, travelers’ accounts from West Africa’s Upper Guinea Coast and the South Carolina and Georgia Lowcountry, and archeological reports. It recovers the rare voices and reveals the experiences of Africans enslaved on Lowcountry rice plantations. The libretto is the foundation for the many interpretations of Casop: A Requiem for Rice.

Trevor Weston

Composer

Original classical music score and lyrics by Dr. Trevor Weston take inspiration from traditional African music and traditional African-American folk music, fiddle music, long-meter hymns and Gullah spirituals.

Julie Dash

Producer, Filmmaker

On-stage film instillations by Julie Dash, with David Claessen, designed to be shown on a digital screen behind orchestra and soloists utilizing an LED Jumbo Screen, mapping projections of inland and tidal rice field landscapes displayed in the foyer of the theater where the audience enters the performance hall, and a stereoscopic VR constructed to function as a separate tool aiming to interest and educate the participants in the history and consequences of Lowcountry rice production as experienced by enslaved Africans. Musical score will merge with on-stage film instillations into a seamless and spectacular experience.

David Claessen

Cinematographer

On-stage film instillations David Claessen, designed with Julie Dash, to be shown on a digital screen behind orchestra and soloists, mapping projections of inland and tidal rice field landscapes displayed in the foyer of the theater where the audience enters the performance hall, and a stereoscopic VR tool aiming to interest and educate the participants in the history and consequences of Lowcountry rice production as experienced by enslaved Africans.