The Soul of Margaret Garner: A Personal Journey To Freedom - A Discussion with Richard Danielpour
W.E.B. Dubois wrote that "the Negro folk-song—the rhythmic cry of the slave—stands to-day [sic] not simply as the sole American music, but as the most beautiful expression of human experience born this side the seas." It's no wonder then that music is the perfect medium to tell the controversial story of Margaret Garner. Garner was a slave who killed one of her children rather than allow her to be recaptured, and the inspiration for Toni Morrison's novel Beloved.
Grammy Award–winning composer Richard Danielpour wrote the score for the opera Margaret Garner, collaborating with Morrison. The production has been staged in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Detroit, and comes to the New York City Opera this September.
Berklee will hold two public discussions with Danielpour as part of his three-day residency, entitled "The Soul of Margaret Garner: A Personal Journey to Freedom," giving students and the community a unique lesson in the power of song as a humanitarian effort.