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Coming Together

November 11 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

- $25


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A war of aggression. Oppression. Racism. Human rights. And in the midst of this, we’re required to celebrate America’s “greatness.”

I’m not talking about now — were you thinking that? No, no — not now . . . this was the 1960s. Remember that? Vietnam. Black power. Liberation. Women. Gays. People of color.

How can music, art, theatre even begin to make a difference now? How could it possibly have made a difference then?

Frederick Rzewski, John Cage, Salvatore Martirano thought it could.

In response to the Attica prison uprising, Frederick Rzewski conceived a pair of works — Coming Together and Attica — which incorporate narratives written by the prisoner Sam Melville.

In response to the forced enthusiasm of the American bicentennial in 1976, John Cage created Lecture on the Weather for twelve American performers, resisters, persons who had been driven into exile and who had become citizens of Canada.

In response to the Vietnam War, Salvatore Martirano produced L’s GA, which juxtaposes film and audio with a gas-masked politico who intones Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address while gradually getting juiced on helium.

Then and now. Music and war. Smugness and resistance.

Make your choice.

Come together to experience epic pieces of artful protest and a pre-show featuring firsthand stories of immigration, a short documentary, and discussion.

Come together to make a difference. Come together to resist. Come together to let your voice be heard.

6:30pm Film, Immigration Stories, Discussion
8:00pm Performance

General Admission: $25

Student Admission: $20

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November 11
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


NON:op Open Opera Works


3031 N Rockwell Street
Chicago, IL 60618 United States
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