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Johnny Gandelsman This is America

JOHNNY GANDELSMAN
This is America

Experience this live concert of selections from violinist Johnny Gandelsman’s commissioning project for solo violin written by a diverse group of American and US-based composers. Special appearance by Community MusicWorks youth musicians. Opening program: “Woodland Impressions,” a new commissioned work from EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks, composed by erhu artist Jing Wang.
$30 advance / $35 day of & at door
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Vincent Hsu & Soy La Ley Afro-Cuban Jazz Band

VINCENT HSU & SOY LA LEY AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ BAND

《Jazz Changed, Jazz Changes, Jazz Changin’》
Filmed at unique locations in the island nation of Taiwan, bassist Vincent Hsu’s performance film is a thrilling tribute to a uniquely African American art form, and an acknowledgment of the indelible impact jazz has left on people and societies around the world.
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Judith Lynn Stillman Women Trailblazers in Music

JUDITH LYNN STILLMAN’S
WOMEN TRAILBLAZERS IN MUSIC

Experience a groundbreaking new film spotlighting diverse women composers spanning twelve centuries.
“Women Trailblazers in Music” takes us on a journey with tunes and tales by — and about — pioneering women composers who were all but expunged from history. 
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Thea Hopkins PD

PAST WORKSHOP: Giving Voice to the Music…

…Narrativizing Cultural and Social Histories Through Music – Taught by Thea Hopkins, Indigenous Performer-Songwriter
In this professional development workshop for K-12 teachers, musician Thea Hopkins will introduce attendees to the narratives found in traditional and contemporary Indigenous music.
Earns one PLU credit
FREE to Educators – Register Here
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Jamil Jorge PD

PAST WORKSHOP: Developing Diverse and Equitable Education…

… Using a Musical Lens
Taught by Jamil Jorge, FirstWorks Education Director

Educators can use the broad concept of intersecting identities to think critically about representative and equitable educational programming. Discussion topics include American music, visual art, in-class guest artists, mutual connections over differences.
One PLU credit
FREE to Educators- Register Here
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FirstWorks Live

FIRSTWORKS LIVE—MUSIC AT ROGER WILLIAMS PARK

Presented by FirstWorks in partnership with Roger Williams Park Conservancy and Providence Parks Department

PVDFest 2021

PVDFest 2021

For the seventh year, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and founding partner FirstWorks hosted PVDFest, Providence’s signature art festival.
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Miwa Matreyek Infinitely Yours

MIWA MATREYEK
Infinitely Yours and Climate Conversation

Acclaimed multimedia artist Miwa Matreyek pushes boundaries in her latest work, Infinitely Yours, a visually stunning examination of human impact on Earth’s natural systems.
A man in a black beanie and Black Lives Matter mask playing the violin

OUR COUNTRY

OUR COUNTRY: ART AND ACTIVISM IN CONVERSATION

Free screening of FirstWorks Artistic Ambassador Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) and flexing dance pioneer Drew Dollaz’ collaborative works Our Country and About Face. Screening followed by a Creative Conversation with the artists about their work, which fosters awareness of and conversations about racial injustice.
Free – registration required

CARTOGRAPHY – Mapping our Journeys

CREATIVE CONVERSATION
CARTOGRAPHY – Mapping our Journeys

Join FirstWorks, the creators of the multimedia performance CARTOGRAPHY, and esteemed members of our cultural community as we examine how the arts represent migration and immigrant narratives.

CARTOGRAPHY

CARTOGRAPHY

Experience stunning visuals and deeply human narratives in this poignant work designed for audiences of all ages. Woven from accounts of young refugees’ journeys, CARTOGRAPHY uses simple storytelling with interactive video technology to recount young peoples’ experiences of modern-day migration.

Creative Conversation Wynton Marsalis

CREATIVE CONVERSATION WITH JAZZ LEGEND WYNTON MARSALIS

Join FirstWorks, Wynton Marsalis and Eric Jackson, “The Dean of Boston Jazz Radio” for a virtual conversation about the power of music to affect social change.
FirstWorks Urban Carnevale A Musical Celebration

Urban Carnevale

URBAN CARNEVALE

A virtual music festival for your soul, livestreamed to your living room! Featuring legendary jazz trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with the Democracy! Suite.
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Taylor Mac’s Holiday Sauce Pandemic

TAYLOR MAC’S
HOLIDAY SAUCE… PANDEMIC!

Taylor Mac’s irreverent seasonal spectacular “Holiday Sauce” reimagined as a virtual celebration, blending music, film, burlesque and random acts of fabulousness to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.
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Arts Across America

ARTS ACROSS AMERICA
Featuring Rose Weaver and Sokeo Ros

Presented by the Kennedy Center as part of Arts Across America—a live performance series presented Mondays through Fridays to uplift & showcase artists from across the country.