Epiphany: The Cycle of Life

I am thrilled to say that I wish I could have spent an additional hour at BAM’s Fishman Space last night, listening to the fabulous Young People’s Chorus of New York City. They sang the work of several composers and librettists in a multi-media piece called Epiphany: The Cycle of Life (conducted by Francisco J. Núñez.) Let me tell you, these young people can sing! The talented vocalists were accompanied by ACME (American Contemporary Music Ensemble) who played pieces composed by Netsayi Chigwendere (she wrote the libretto), Paola Prestini (libretto by Niloufar Talebi), and Sarah Kirkland Snider (libretto by Nathaniel Bellows.) Prestini’s non-profit production company, VisionIntoArt was involved, and the show was developed at 3LD Art & Technology Center. I mention all of these collaborators because when I heard they were involved, I knew this would be a thrilling show. It really was. The music moved me to tears. The staging was spot on and the videos (by Ali Hossaini) worked beautifully. The immersive audience experience was fun (especially when the audience helped plant flowers on stage!) The evening felt like both a community and a spiritual event. The 3D glasses we received were a nice touch, as was the experience of entering the installation beforehand. It felt like it “birthed” me into the performance space. (It’s also fun to see how changeable the Fishman Space can be!)

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