We are all stardust! From the vastness of space to our innermost beings, we all come from the same matter and energy that fills the universe. Stardust is an intrepid journey through nebulas, star clusters, time warps, planets, and comets, finally landing on our shared Earth. We invite you to reflect on the expanses of both outer and inner space.
This digital program is a mixed-media concert experience, a true merging of many artistic disciplines. It features original pieces by members of the ensemble: Mason Bynes, John Haukoos, Nicholas Ford, and Kelvyn Koning. Stardust aired the night of the new moon occurring on October 16th, 2020, at 8:00 PM (EST). Stay tuned to our social media or explore this website to learn more about our first full -length virtual concert.
Thank you to all who joined for our pre and post concert zoom gatherings. Your feedback and support is greatly appreciated. Enjoy the concert!
A Collaboration with Composer Stefan Thompson
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"
World Premiere on September 5th, 2020
Stefan Thompson is a Bahamian musician who believes that representation is important across all areas of art and expression. His music engages with the issues of today, yesterday, and the hope for tomorrow.
"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" is based on the poem Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar, a black poet from Ohio during the late 19th century/early 20th century. His poem compares the black person's experience to that of a bird stuck in a cage, forever robbed of its freedom.
This piece was recorded by Nightingale members from separate locations. Laura Nevitt Conductor, Ben Perry Audio engineer.
design credit: Victoria Kitirattragarn - victoriakitira.com