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Opera Seminar and Screening: Fire Shut Up In My Bones

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Monday, May 16, 2022 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Online and in person at UCSC Music Center Rm 131
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Music Department

A two-part event featuring a seminar and screening of Terence Blanchard's opera, Fire Shut Up In My Bones.

Nicol Hammond leads a preparatory seminar that addresses the core complexities of this opera in the current context, followed by a mid-day break, and then an afternoon screening of the opera.

The Metropolitan Opera in New York produced its first ever performance of an opera by a Black composer in Fall 2021. Fire Shut Up In My Bones is a masterful depiction of the coming-of-age story of Charles M. Blow, a New York Times columnist and media commentator whose story deals with the intersecting complexities of Black lives and Black families, American racism, generational trauma, childhood sexual abuse, queer identities, homophobia, and bullying in educational institutions. The impact of this production is made particularly resonant by the ways its themes intersect with current urgent conversations in academia, and arts scholarship in particular. Not only is the embrace of works by Black artists long overdue, but the Metropolitan Opera as an organization is still recovering after firing its long-time conductor and creative director following an investigation into sexual abuse claims in 2018, and local and international music scholarly societies are scrambling to address revelations of abuse, prejudice, and bullying within the discipline.

Audience advisories
• Mature content, discussion of racism, sexual violence, violence
• Depictions of racism and violence, implied sexual violence

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Attend online and/or in person for this two-part event.
Free and open to the public.

Seminar, 10:00 a.m.–noon
Online only
Register here to attend online.

Screening, 2:00–5:00 p.m.
In person only at Music 131
Seating is limited.
First-come, first served.
COVID-19 protocols required for entry.

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Parking $5.
Purchase a permit in advance or use ParkMobile.
The closest parking lot to the Music Center is Lot #126.
See Transportation & Parking Services (TAPS) for visitor parking information, ParkMobile instructions, and a campus parking map.