Mon, Jun 19|
Boston Lyric Opera Presents "The Wanderer’s Tethering"
A cultural event of interest for WBG Connects members. A donation to the Boston Lyric Opera is appreciated if attending. Please see the link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wanderers-tethering-tickets-636730998557
Time & Location
Jun 19, 2023, 7:00 PM – Jun 20, 2023, 7:00 PM
Boston, 184 Dudley St #200, Boston, MA 02119, USA
About The Event
Commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera With Lead Commissioning Support by Merrill Family Charitable Foundation Premiered by Boston Lyric Opera in June 2023
Presented in Partnership with: Castle of our Skins, Hibernian Hall, Merrill Family Charitable Foundation, and the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, City of Boston.
About The Wanderer’s Tethering: Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola teams up with composer Mason Bynes on The Wanderer’s Tethering, an operetta that explores the complex experiences of people with both African and Black American roots. Through a mix of songs and spoken word performance, the central character Toby navigates between feeling unmoored in her identity and finding the stories and legacies that become her anchors. Bynes’ music includes the merging of Negro spirituals and Igbo folkloric music, reflecting the merging and transformation that Toby goes through in claiming her identity. The concert program, curated by BLO Artistic Advisor Vimbayi Kaziboni, also includes musical selections by Trevor Weston, Jessie Montgomery, and Florence Price. During the program, audiences will also hear from the artists about their inspiration and creative process. This performance features Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola, musicians from Castle of our Skins, and BLO Jane & Steven Akin Emerging Artist Brianna J. Robinson.
The concert runs for approximately 75 minutes and will be followed by a community reception with light refreshments.