Terence Blanchard: Fire Shut Up In My Bones
Terence Blanchard: 'Fire Shut Up In My Bones'
Music from the Opera

Terence Blanchard: 'Fire Shut Up In My Bones'

with Turtle Island Quartet + SINGERS

AUG 4–7 | TERENCE BLANCHARD

Aug 06 - Aug 07, 2022
Miner Auditorium
SatAug 6
7:30 PM

$35 | $55 | $75 | $95

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SunAug 7
7:00 PM

$35 | $55 | $75 | $95

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"Magnetically powerful" — NPR

"A fresh, affecting work … Poetic, poignant, sometimes grimly funny, always dramatically effective." — The New York Times

Following up the 2016 world premiere of a revised version of Terence Blanchard’s opera Champion: An Opera in Jazz, these historic performances featuring the GRAMMY-winning Turtle Island Quartet and a selection of guest vocalists will focus on music from Blanchard’s groundbreaking new opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, based on journalist and author Charles M. Blow’s powerful memoir chronicling his early life in rural Louisiana.

With a libretto written by NAACP Image Award-winning actress, director, and screenwriter Kasi Lemmons, Fire Shut Up in My Bones premiered at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2019 and opened the 2021-22 season at the Metropolitan Opera in New York in September 2021. The NYC performances marked the first time an opera written by a Black composer or a Black librettist has been staged at the Met in the organization’s 136-year history.

Blow’s candid 2014 autobiography recounts his struggles to define his manhood, sexuality, and personal values in the rural South of the 1970s, and his attempts to break free from the repression imposed upon him by his family, his church, and his college life. The rage and violence that were kindled within him and his desire for revenge inspired the book and opera title, adapted from the Book of Jeremiah:

“His word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

For these two nights, audiences will feel the visceral power of Blanchard’s visionary opera.

Blanchard's groundbreaking masterpiece weaves together jazz, gospel, and classical styles to tell a powerful story of resilience and self-discovery.

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Denise Young

A watershed moment for American opera … A defiant, tender, and vital work of art … A starting point for something new, a refresh of where opera can take us.

The Washington Post

A watershed moment for American opera … A defiant, tender, and vital work of art … A starting point for something new, a refresh of where opera can take us.

The Washington Post

Personnel

TERENCE BLANCHARD E-COLLECTIVE:
Terence Blanchard trumpet
Charles Altura guitar
Taylor Eigsti piano, keyboards
David Ginyard bass
Oscar Seaton drums

TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET:
David Balakirshnan violin
Gabe Terracciano violin
Benjamin von Gutzeit viola
TBD cello

SINGERS:
TBD

Landmark performance … Beautifully composed with nuances of shade and color.

Associated Press

Personnel

TERENCE BLANCHARD E-COLLECTIVE:
Terence Blanchard trumpet
Charles Altura guitar
Taylor Eigsti piano, keyboards
David Ginyard bass
Oscar Seaton drums

TURTLE ISLAND QUARTET:
David Balakirshnan violin
Gabe Terracciano violin
Benjamin von Gutzeit viola
TBD cello

SINGERS:
TBD

Landmark performance … Beautifully composed with nuances of shade and color.

Associated Press

Watch & Listen

Terence Blanchard E-Collective feat. Turtle Island Quartet

The Second Wave

Terence Blanchard E-Collective feat. Turtle Island Quartet

I Dare You (Intro)

Terence Blanchard E-Collective feat. Turtle Island Quartet

The Second Wave

Terence Blanchard E-Collective feat. Turtle Island Quartet

I Dare You (Intro)

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