Summer 2015

“Restaging the Harlem Renaissance: New Views on the Performing Arts in Black Manhattan” is a two-day interdisciplinary symposium at Columbia University on Friday, June 25 and Saturday, June 27, 2015. Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players will collaborate on a concert performance of the 1914 opera, Voodoo, by composer-librettist H. Lawrence Freeman. On the occasion of this rare performance of a work by a major, if nearly forgotten, figure, we are convening a two-day interdisciplinary conference on African-American performing arts to accompany an array of events related to the revival, including a talkback with performers, and an exhibit of Freeman’s papers in Columbia’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.  

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