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Opera Night with Boston Lyric Opera: Composer Julia Perry's Revolutionary Music

Renowned Black composer Julia Perry (1924-1979) left an indelible mark on music history with her innovative operas, symphonies, and choral works, blending African diaspora musical styles with 20th-century European techniques. Join musician Ashleigh Gordon, co-founder of Castle of Our Skins and advocate for Black composers, alongside conductor and composer Dr. Julius P. Williams from Berklee College of Music, in a dynamic discussion on Perry's life and legacy on her 100th birthday anniversary. The evening will feature captivating performances of Perry's music by Boston Lyric Opera artists, followed by an audience Q&A.

Registration is required. Please visit the event website for registration details. Doors open 15 minutes before the program begins.

This program is made possible through the cooperation of The Estate of Julia A. Perry, Akron, Ohio.

Ashleigh Gordon, co-founder and violist of Castle of Our Skins, has garnered recognition for her advocacy in music and received prestigious awards.

Dr. Julius P. Williams is an acclaimed conductor and composer, having led numerous opera companies and symphony orchestras worldwide. He currently serves as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra and is involved in various prestigious musical organizations.

Opera Night at the Boston Public Library, a partnership between Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Public Library, has provided accessible opera learning experiences for over 25 years.

This program is accessible to individuals with disabilities. To request accommodations, please contact the Adult Programs Department at or 617-859-2129 at least two weeks in advance.

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06:00 PM

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07:00 PM



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700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116

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