The season will begin Sept. 16 with "Uptown Nights," an ongoing series that allows audiences to engage with artists in an intimate context. First in the series will be a listening session with Jason King Sept. 16. Next will be a celebration of King's international dance music superband Company Freak and the release of their new EP, "Lux Life," Sept. 18.
Next in the season will be a screening of "Mary Lou Williams: The Lady Who Swings the Band," a documentary about the life and music of jazz pianist, composer and arranger Mary Lou Williams Sept. 22. The screening will feature a performance by composer and bandleader Geri Allen on solo piano. Following will be another concert in the "Uptown Nights" series: Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah will celebrate the release of his new album "Stretch Music" Oct. 2 and 3 and participate in a "Dig Deeper conversation" Oct. 3.
A staged reading of To the Light (A Fantasy Inspired by Two American Geniuses: Baldwin and Delaney), written by Bil Wright, will be presented Oct. 7 and 8. The play "celebrates the loving, dramatic, complex relationship between writer James Baldwin and painter Beauford Delaney."
The world premiere of PATIENT(CE) – a Physical Requiem, an evening-length interdisciplinary work choreographed by Stefanie Batten Bland for her company SBB, will be offered Oct. 22 – 24. The work is made in collaboration with futuristic jazz ensemble Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber, led by Greg Tate. The piece was inspired by Bland's father, contemporary composer and filmmaker Ed Bland.
On Nov. 13, Fear & Fancy will present Swank!, a masquerade experience with a musical performance by Wondaland recording artist Jidenna. Following will be a Carnegie Neighborhood Concert with Alicia Olatuja Nov. 18. A listening session with Meshell Ndegeochello and Toshi Reagon will be held Dec. 3. A special event, which will explore the Museum of Modern Art's exhibit "100 Years in Post-Production: Resurrecting a Lost Landmark of Black Film History," is set for Dec. 5. The event is presented in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art.
Closing out the season will be "Dearly Beloved – The Music of Prince" Dec. 11 and 12. The concert will feature a line-up assembled by Ben Williams and a "Dig Deeper conversation" Dec. 12.
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