Illuminating Sounds #1: Witch Trials

Listen to our first music playlist of 2019, featuring music inspired by the Salem Witch Trials, a historical event examined through song and theatre 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 in upheaval. The situations and characters involved have served as inspiration for artists countless retelling of the events. From painting, literature, film, comic books, television, music and even video games, the Trials continue to fascinate and exert influence in popular culture.

We are sharing a playlist with music make allusion witch hunts. Listen among others, to Arthur Miller reading excerpts from his 1953 play The Crucible, Philip Glass's music for the Ivo van Hove’s 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. We close the playlist with a narration of Young Goodman Brown, the short story by Nathaniel Hawthorne set during the Salem Witch Trials, at whichhis 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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