We Shall Overcome

My new op-ed, just published on Common Dreams, entitled We Shall Overcome During Black History Month, and year-round, we can teach our children the musical history of the Underground Railroad and the civil rights movement. This history can inspire them to pursue peace and justice.      It was a frigid Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Boston. Outside, snow drifts were piling up next to Dorchester … Continue reading We Shall Overcome

First Night Jubilee concert celebrates hope

On Sunday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. in Trinity Church in Boston, the Handel and Haydn Society will perform its annual Jubilee Day concert, celebrating the anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Presented in conjunction with the Museum of African American History, the performance will feature music by Mendelssohn, Bach, and Handel and readings from the proclamation by Poetry Slam Individual Champion Regie Gibson. … Continue reading First Night Jubilee concert celebrates hope

The Center Cannot Hold

The Center Cannot Hold, a chamber opera in two acts, with music composed by psychiatrist Kenneth B. Wells and libretto by Wells and law professor Elyn Saks, may be the first opera devoted to telling the story of psychiatric illness. Based on Saks’ memoir of the same name describing her experience with schizophrenia, the opera premiered in July 2016 at UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience … Continue reading The Center Cannot Hold