The June 12 performance of ChamberQUEER's Pride Festival highlights Gay Guerrilla by iconoclastic queer composer Julius Eastman, in a new arrangement for string septet by Jessie Montgomery, and featuring the arranger on violin.
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The June 12 performance of ChamberQUEER's Pride Festival highlights Gay Guerrilla by iconoclastic queer composer Julius Eastman, in a new arrangement for string septet by Jessie Montgomery, and featuring the arranger on violin. Curated in partnership with Eastman scholar Isaac Jean-François, the event paints an image of Eastman’s New York City, both with a new film by Ashanti Soldier and Kham Owens, and through works of Eastman’s colleagues and contemporaries, including Tania León and Talib Rasul Hakim. The program traces lines to queer modernism of the earlier 20th century, including Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations, to the poetry of the visionary Arthur Rimbaud. Confirmed performers for June 12 include violinist Jessie Montgomery and soprano vocalist Melissa Wimbish alongside the core ChamberQUEER ensemble of Jules Biber, Danielle Buonaiuto, Brian Mummert and Andrew Yee, with more artists TBA.
ChamberQUEER is a multifaceted organization with the mission of highlighting historically underrepresented queer figures in classical music and providing an intersectionally inclusive space within classical music for artists and audience. ChamberQUEER curates adventurous programs and organizes committed performances of myriad queer artists from across the centuries. With a focus on building inclusive community spaces, CQ holds dedicated community events throughout each season, where queer artists and audiences alike can come together through music-making. ChamberQUEER was founded by Jules Biber, Danielle Buonaiuto, Brian Mummert, and Andrew Yee.
ChamberQUEER is committed to accessibility, and will subsidize a select number of discounted tickets for their audience. Please check back in the near future for more information on how to access those tickets. This performance will also be available as a free livestream.