Chapin Auditorium in Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA
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DARK RIVER: THE FANNIE LOU HAMER STORY
WomenArts is proudly partnering with the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra to present the East Coast Premiere of Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story, a civil rights opera by Mary Watkins.
ABOUT FANNIE LOU HAMER
Fannie Lou Hamer, the daughter of share-croppers, was one of the first African-Americans to register to vote in Mississippi. She became a civil rights leader in the 1960s and endured death threats, beatings, and imprisonment in order to obtain voting rights for her people.
Fannie Lou Hamer's struggle is a story that demands the grand scale of opera, and Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is a unique blend of classical, gospel, blues, and jazz styles that suits the story perfectly.
COMPOSER - MARY D. WATKINS
Trained in classical music at Howard University, composer Mary D. Watkins has written for symphony orchestras, chamber and jazz ensembles, film, theatre, and choral groups. Her recent recordings include Prayer for Peace and Recorded Music of the African Diaspora.
CONDUCTOR - NG TIAN HUI
Known for his inter-disciplinary work, Ng Tian Hui has conducted orchestras in Singapore, the UK & the US. He has taught at Bryn Mawr & Haverford College, and he is the current Music Director of the Orchestra at Mount Holyoke College.
DIRECTOR - DARRYL V. JONES
Award-winning Director Darryl V. Jones has directed off-Broadway and at many leading regional theatres. He has taught at the University of Michigan and currently serves as Associate Professor of Theatre and head of the Musical Theatre Program at Cal State East Bay.
Chapin Auditorium in Mary Woolley Hall, Mount Holyoke College (View)
50 College Street
South Hadley, MA 01075