A part of the The Future Is… Festival: 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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Gay Guerrilla by iconoclastic queer composer Julius Eastman is presented in a new arrangement for string septet by Jessie Montgomery, featuring Montgomery on violin. Curated in partnership with featured artists, the concert creates a portrait of Eastman’s New York City: through an immersive reflection by Eastman scholar Isaac Jean-François, with a new film by Ashanti Soldier and Kham Owens, and through works of Eastman’s colleague and contemporary Tania León. Eastman’s visionary experimentalism is echoed in the poetry of Arthur Rimbaud, set by Benjamin Britten in his Les Illuminations, and sung by soprano Melissa Wimbish. Also featuring Mazz Swift, Giancarlo Latta, Clara Kim, Jessica Meyer, Yuri Hughes, Eleonore Oppenheim, with CQ founders Jules Biber and Andrew Yee.
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.
This concert is supported by Chamber Music America’s Artistic Projects program, funded through the generosity of The Howard Gilman Foundation.
ChamberQUEER is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).