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The International Contemporary Ensemble, in partnership with Opera Omaha and FringeArts, presents the Afro-Diasporic Opera Forum online from May 26-28, 2021 with an opening session on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at 7pm ET. The Forum is a free, three-day series of online events produced by colleagues and collaborators of the International Contemporary Ensemble in order to celebrate, share, and reflect on three operas that have had a major impact on the organization and collaborators. They include: George Lewis’ "Afterword" (2015), Dr. Tyshawn Sorey’s "Perle Noire: Meditations for Joséphine Baker" (2016), Pauline Oliveros and IONE’s "The Nubian Word for Flowers: A Phantom Opera" (2017). The Forum will end with the screening of Lisa E. Harris’ recent opera film, "Cry of the Third Eye" (2020). Over the three days, conversations and presentations will contextualize these works, showing the many ways in which they intersect, and their connection to the past, present, and future of a reimagined/reinvented opera.

Renowned musicologist Dr. Naomi André is the lead scholar and conversation partner for this three-day series featuring presenters and panelists such as Julia Bullock, George Lewis, Dr. Matthew D. Morrison, Dr. Fredara Hadley, Dr. Daniele G. Daude, and many others. Learn more and register at https://www.iceorg.org/aof
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