Illuminating Sounds #1: Witch Trials

Listen to our first playlist of 2019, featuring music inspired by the Salem witch trials, a historical event examined through in Obeah Operaa new music theatre production presented by Luminato 2019.

Feb 11, 2019 | BY: Jorge Ayala-Isaza

The captivating story of the Salem witch trials and the complexity of the circumstances surrounding them have fascinated historians and scholars alike ever since the outbreak of events threw the Colony of Massachussets into upheaval. The historical event has served as inspiration for countless artistic  works including paintings, literature, film, comic books, television, music and even video games. The trials continue to fascinate and influence popular culture.

We're sharing a playlist with music themed around witch hunts. Listen  to Arthur Miller reading excerpts from his 1953 play The Crucible, Philip Glass's music for the Ivo van Hove Broadway adaptation of Miller's play, Peter Gundry's dark, ambient, cinematic compositions, Donald Byrd's jazz-funk tunes, and The Funkee's classic Nigerian Afro Rock. The playlist closes with a narration of Young Goodman Brown, Nathaniel Hawthorne's short story set during the Salem Witch Trials, at which his great-great-grandfather John Hathorne was a judge.

Luminato 2019 presents Obeah Opera on June 13 - 22, 2019 at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto, Canada.

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