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Words, Music and Black Experience 

Words, Music and Black Experience 

Moderated by Donna Bailey Nurse 
June 15, 5:00-6:00pm 
Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Following the incredible success of Beloved last year, join Donna Bailey Nurse in conversation with leaders in the realm of music, theatre and history, as she explores words, music and the power of Black experience in Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha and Loss. This year Donna will be joined on stage by D. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, Founder, Artistic Director and conductor of The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Canada’s first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation, performance and preservation of Afrocentric music of all styles; and ahdri zhina mandiela, founder and past artistic director of the legendary b current performing arts.

About Loss
Loss is a deeply honest, live retelling of an intergenerational family story, written by Ian Kamau and his father Roger McTair. This multimedia performance explores depression and grief in Afro-Caribbean communities and moves the audience towards healing.

Loss was developed in Residency at The Theatre Centre.

About Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha
Originally written by Scott Joplin (c. 1911), Treemonisha is one of the few pieces set soon after the abolition of slavery, written by a survivor of that era. 

Fusing European classical music with the sounds of ragtime, folk, and gospel to create a thrilling and distinct sound, and introducing a young woman protagonist chosen by her community to lead, Joplin’s nearly-lost opera was far ahead of its time. 

Date & Time

June 15, 2023 @ 5:00 pm 6:00 pm