Sankofa Danzafro: The City of Others
Feb 6 at 8:00 p.m. – Feb 13 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Through the lens of Afro-Colombian dance and drumming, and shared digitally in a high-quality video recording, The City of Others explores racism and social disparity in Colombia, a country home to Latin America’s second largest population of people of African descent. When Sankofa Danzafro’s in-person North American tour had to be canceled, the dancers and musicians came together in Medellín, Colombia for the first time in months to perform and capture their most renowned work. Based on company founder Rafael Palacios’ own experiences, The City of Others calls for the city to be a place of coexistence—a place for everyone, not only the few. The stirring work of dance theater features dance styles including capoeira, contemporary dance, and hip-hop, and is set to live drumming and song. “We dance, more than to be seen, to be heard,” Sankofa Danzafro’s motto proclaims and the company is making a name for itself in the realm of dance and social change. The company has performed throughout the world and was called “[a] revelation” by The New York Times after the company’s premiere in New York.
Live from the Hylton Center
Feb 27 at 8:00 p.m. – Mar 6 at 11:59 p.m. EST
Enjoy the 2020 Grammy® Award-winning quintet, Ranky Tanky, in a digital concert that is part folk, part funk, and totally fearless. When their outdoor concert had to be canceled in October, the Hylton Center sprang into action to record their concert onstage with the stunning Merchant Hall behind them. With a sound that’s both playful and spiritual, the Charleston-based band specializes in jazz-influenced arrangements born from the Gullah culture of the Southeastern United States. In 2017, their self-titled debut album soared to number one on the Billboard, Amazon, and iTunes jazz charts. “[Ranky Tanky] is primal jubilation,” shares The New York Times. From the comfort of your home, Ranky Tanky’s performance is guaranteed to lift your spirits with their soulful sound and lively rhythms.
Academy of St Martin in the Fields:
Mar 13 at 8:00 p.m. – Mar 20 at 11:59 p.m. EST
One of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields invites you to reconnect with classical music in this intimate, pre-recorded digital concert of stirring masterpieces. The re:connect series was launched in response to the current moment, with socially-distanced concerts filmed at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in London’s Trafalgar Square and streamed online. re:connect—Overcoming Distance opens with selected pieces for solo instruments, including Olivier Messiaen’s Abîme des Oiseaux (Abyss of birds), featuring a solo clarinet. This work is the third movement of Quatuor pour la fin du Temps (Quartet for the End of Time) composed while Messiaen was a prisoner of war during WWII. The music of J.S. Bach is also featured in this program, including a movement from a solo cello work and Brandenburg Concerto No. 4. The program concludes with Mozart’s daring Symphony No. 29, an expansive work with an underlying sense of agitation and unease that occasionally breaks to the surface. Under the auspices of music director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, the Academy is celebrated for its fresh interpretations of symphonic repertoire and chamber music with its small, conductor-less ensemble.
J.S. Bach: Sarabande from Suite No. 5 for Cello solo
Messiaen: “Abîme des oiseaux” from Quatuor pour la fin du Temps for Clarinet solo
MacMillan: Interlude from ‘Since it was the day of Preparation…’ for Horn solo
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
Copland: Quiet City
Mozart: Symphony No. 29 in A major, K. 201
Broadway Princess Party
Starring Susan Egan, Aisha Jackson, Laura Osnes, and Courtney Reed
Live from the Hylton Center
Mar 21 at 4:00 p.m. EDT
Dust off your tiaras and dig out your glass slippers for this charming digital concert featuring three of Broadway’s original and most beloved princesses as they perform their signature songs along with other treasured musical theater numbers, live from the Merchant Hall stage at the Hylton Center. Susan Egan (Disney’s original Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Aisha Jackson (Standby for Anna in Disney’s Frozen on Broadway) Laura Osnes (Broadway’s original Cinderella), and Courtney Reed (Broadway’s original Jasmine in Aladdin) join forces to host this fun-loving royal soiree alongside resident Prince Adam J. Levy and Fairy GodFairy Benjamin Rauhala (Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof). Perfect for the entire family, especially those who love fairytales, this performance features three knock-out Broadway voices, singing every princess song in the book while also sharing hilarious backstage tales. Sing-a-long with the show, which critics are calling “spectacular,” “enchanting,” and “empowering.”
This performance is family-friendly.
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