Last week I was able to realize an endeavor I had been working on for over a year: a unique concert inside the beautiful Botswana Wildlife Hall at the Museum. Living History was a first-of-its kind event that featured a concert of a classical masterwork and a concert reading of the musical that I’ve been developing during my fellowship at the Denver Center
In partnership with Groupmuse and DMNS, this “Massivemuse” multi-disciplinary concert explored through music and theatre how human and natural history are constantly reshaped.
The first part of the evening featured a classical performance of two Sonatas from 18th Century composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges — an Afro-European virtuoso who was a rival of Mozart (and shared his patrons). His riveting story has been largely forgotten, but it was be revived with a special performance by Stephen Brackett of the Flobots to introduce the music.
The second part of the evening featured a 75 min concert presentation of my musical-in-development My Country, My Country, a piece on the true story of Congolese independence during the Cold War and the Western-led Cold War assassination of one of the greatest politicians in African History: Patrice Lumumba. The musical will featured 13 actor-vocalists and an ensemble band of 5 musicians.
In total, there were 20 performers involved in the evening.
Finally, the museum presented African zoological and cultural artifacts rarely shared with the public for attendees to interact with, and we created a couple of experiential activities for the audience to engage with the theme.
It was a really powerful evening at the Museum and I’m incredibly grateful for all of the collaborators that helped bring the evening to life.