Scholar Lucy Caplan, in partnership with the American Modern Opera Company (AMOC), leads LISTENING TO TOM-TOM, a discussion of the 1932 opera by author, musicologist and composer Shirley Graham Du Bois. Following an introduction of excerpts from the work, Caplan and fellow panelists, including AMOC bass-baritone Davóne Tines, will discuss the opera's complex representations of race, gender, and history, as well as the opportunities and challenges of presenting Tom-Tom today.
AMOC brings a vibrant program of chamber music to National Sawdust, featuring AMOC artists Keir GoGwilt (violin), Coleman Itzkoff (cello), and Conor Hanick (piano). Pieces will include Its Own Accord, written for GoGwilt by Matthew Aucoin and premiered at Dumbarton Oaks in 2017, and Celeste Oram's Sanz cuer / Amis, dolens / Dame, par vous (2016), a work which takes Guillaume de Machaut's ballade of the same name and uses it to explore the permeability of music between the sacred and the mundane, the virtual and the real, the performative and the every-day.
Hans Werner Henze's El Cimarrón (The Runaway Slave) is a tour-de-force sonic onslaught based on the oral autobiography of Esteban Montejo, an Afro-Cuban slave who escaped bondage on a sugar plantation, survived in the jungle, fought for Cuban independence from Spain, and lived to tell about it all before dying at the age of 113. Henze's visceral score is a cry for freedom that transcends time and place—and a linchpin in Julia Bullock's vision for her season as Artist-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
AMOC’s performances as part of Julia Bullock's season as Artist-in-Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art are generously supported by Ellen Marcus & The James S. Marcus Foundation.
Experience an all-new chamber music version of contemporary master John Adams's Christmas oratorio, El Niño, arranged for the forces of AMOC and adapted for the intimate setting of The Met Cloisters.
AMOC’s performances as part of Julia Bullock's season as Artist-in-Residence at The Metropolitan Museum of Art are generously supported by Ellen Marcus and The James S. Marcus Foundation
AMOC returns for its second annual Run AMOC! Festival at the American Repertory Theater with four brand-new, vibrant, and intensely intimate programs that show off the latest work of our formidable artists.
With two opportunities to attend each of the festival offerings (and a special preview performance at the Peabody Essex Museum on December 13), this is an unmissable chance to get up close and personal with the whole AMOC gang. Stop by for one event, or come join us for the whole day.
A new work created by Bobbi Jene Smith in collaboration with Keir GoGwilt, co-commissioned by ODC Theater and AMOC.
Taking its name from the etymological root of “accuracy,” ad-curare, With Care performs the contradictions and complexities inherent in the desire that motivates both care and its removal. How do we accurately measure the shape of our desire? How does it measure us? How does care keep us together while also burdening the relationships it maintains? Continuing the cross-disciplinary work of A Study on Effort, Smith and GoGwilt investigate these questions through music, dance, and dialogue, alongside Or Schraiber (dancer) and Miranda Cuckson (violinist).
AMOC AT THE CLARK
August 26, 2018
The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
WERE YOU THERE
July 6, 2018
Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Rockport, MA
WERE YOU THERE
March 25, 2018
Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, TN
March 18 - April 22, 2018
Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY
RUN AMOC! AT HARVARD
February 23 - March 3, 2018
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
RUN AMOC! FESTIVAL
December 15-18, 2017
American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA