Emma Singers Perform with New Albany Symphony Orchestra Ensemble
Nicole B. ’22 and Jenna D. ’21 joined the Albany Symphony Orchestra’s new music “Dogs of Desire” ensemble chorus at the EMPAC Theatre at Rennsealer Polytechnic Institute on Friday, May 31 to perform composer/singer Clarice Assad’s, Ain’t I A Woman, inspired by Sojourner Truth’s 1851 “Ain’t I A Woman” speech.
The ensemble is a collaboration with Girls, Inc., an organization dedicated to “inspiring all girls to be strong, smart, and bold.” This was one of five world premieres presented during the evening, of which another composition by Loren Loiacono and Capital Repertory Theatre, Petticoats of Steel, included Erica Tryon, English instructor/theater director, equity and inclusion coordinator.
The five performances were part of an eight-day series of concerts around the Capital Region for the 18th annual American Music Festival/Sing Out! New York, celebrating the state’s leading role through history as a champion of equal rights. Two anniversaries frame the festival: the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote and the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a turning point in LGBTQ rights.