East Coast premiere, simulcast from Zellerbach Hall at University of California, Berkeley
Philharmonia OrchestraEsa-Pekka Salononen, principal conductor & artistic advisorAna María Martínez, sopranoVolti and the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus
JIMMY LÓPEZ | DreamersSTRAVINSKY | The Firebird (complete)
From the sanctuary city of Berkeley, California, to the sanctuary city of our nation’s capital, the powerhouse creative team of Jimmy López and Nilo Cruz and a roster of all-star performers debut a courageous work of wrenching, immediate relevance. The oratorio centers on the story of several so-called “dreamers,” immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and whose legal status is in jeopardy because their parents arrived in the U.S. undocumented. The soprano, chorus, and orchestra narrate the stories throughout six separate movements. The fictional story is based on true testimonies that Cuban-American Cruz and Peruvian-American López have collected from immigrants who have come to the U.S. in search of a better life.
**Pre-Performance Activities**5pm • Pop-up Latinx Artisan Market (lobby): Featuring businesses from the Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School Small Business & Entrepreneurship Program5:15pm • Pop-up performance by Venezuelan singer-songwriter Jonathan Acosta (lobby)5:30pm • "I'm an Immigrant" (Sidney Harman Hall): Performed by students from Carlos Rosario International Public Charter School 5:50pm • Welcome remarks (Sidney Harman Hall): Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO, Washington Performing Arts
Dreamers was created with funding from a Hewlett 50 Arts Commission, commissioned by Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley, and co-commissioned by Washington Performing Arts and others. This simulcast is presented in Washington in partnership with GALA Hispanic Theatre and Carlos Rosario Public Charter School.
Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated. This performance is made possible by Tom Gallagher, in honor of Turnaround Inc.; Events DC; Fred and Lucia Hill; and Gary and Silvia Yacoubian. Washington Performing Arts orchestral performances in the 2018/19 season are made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg.
Her Excellency Kirsti Kauppi, Ambassador of Finland, is the honorary patron of this engagement.
Expanding the ConversationThe premiere of Dreamers will be surrounded by several activities throughout January-June 2019, curated by the Mars Urban Arts Initiative in partnership with GALA Hispanic Theatre and Carlos Rosario Public Charter School. Explore varied perspectives on this timely issue through performances and conversations with a range of artists, advocates, and policy-makers.
Free, registration required | Family-friendly