The Journey: Civil Rights
Concept & Creation by Destiny Coleman
May 6, 2023
The Journey: Civil Rights celebrates African-American music and culture, highlighting gospel, jazz, poetry, dance, and works from the Civil Rights Movement. The Journey: Civil Rights will explore prominent figures in the movement, including Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Rosa Parks, and pivotal events such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the March on Washington.
The Journey: Civil Rights will feature performances by the Columbus Cultural Orchestra, Columbus Dance Theatre, Milton Ruffin Gospel Chorale, and Tapestry Performing Arts Company. Steeped in African-American history and the struggle for equal rights, yet universal in its emotional and musical appeal, this unique program presents a rich body of work passed down through generations and communities, and deeply relevant to our present day. The Journey: Civil Rights aims to share the African-American experience with audiences of all ages, races, religions, and backgrounds. Originally developed and commissioned by Opera Columbus.
The Journey: Civil Rights is sponsored by the Greater Columbus Arts Council, Ohio Arts Council, and Johnstone Fund for New Music.
In collaboration with Columbus Dance Theatre
December 3, 2022 at 3 PM & 8 PM
Riffe Davidson Theater
May 6 & 7, 2022
Columbus Dance Theatre
Converging Arts Columbus, in collaboration with Columbus Dance Theatre, is excited to present Astronomer Dreaming – a unique and collaborative performance celebrating the grandeur of the universe around us. Astronomer Dreaming combines music, dance, theater, and visual art to portray the story of a girl’s encounter with Galileo and their exploration of the universe and the human heart. Astronomer Dreaming will include choral works from Dobrogosz, Forrest, Gjeilo, and Tichelli and will feature original music by composers Rebecca Larkin and Lauren Spavelko.
December 18, 2021
In collaboration with Columbus Dance Theatre presented by PNC Arts Alive and replacing its longtime running holiday ballet, “Matchgirl”, Columbus Dance Theatre’s directors, Seth Wilson and Jaime Kotrba, will premiere a new ballet based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale, “The Snow Queen”, titled, “Wonderment.” This new ballet will feature a new take on the original Snow Queen tale with live music, produced by Converging Arts Columbus, and conducted by Rachel Parfenchuk. “Wonderment” will feature new choreography, sets, and new costumes presented in the Riffe Davidson Theater in Columbus, Ohio.
A Light of Song: Support Concert
September 26, 2021
Powell United Methodist Church