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I HEAR AMERICA SINGING
About the PROGRAM COMMISSIONS Video/Audio Gallery Press

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Inspired by the great American poet and Brooklyn folk hero Walt Whitman, I Hear America Singing is AOP's community outreach program that tells the stories of average and famous Americans through opera. Through free neighborhood events and concerts, AOP confirms opera as an inspirational and relevant voice of contemporary life.

I Hear America Singing has commissioned operatic songs based on the poetry of Brooklyn children, brought history to life in schools and libraries with samples from AOP operas like Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom, and translated local headlines with works like Stop and Frisk. Frequent partners for the program include The Walt Whitman Project, the Brooklyn Public Library, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy, the New York City Parks Department, Make Music New York, and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, among many others.


DCA logoI Hear America Singing is supported in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Culture Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.


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SONGS FROM THE F TRAIN
Composed by Gilda Lyons
for piano and mezzo-soprano
"I'm Smart "- Alexis Cummings
"I'm From the Ghetto Brooklyn" - Najaya Royal
"When Randa Wears Red" - Samori Covington
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SONGS FROM THE A TRAIN
Composed by Gilda Lyons
for piano and mezzo-soprano
"Sometimes i get tired of Brooklyn" - Keanu Stowe
"A Billionaire" - Tyler Forsythe
"Mama is so jazz" - Tristan Regist

BROOKLYN CINDERELLA
Composed by Nkeiru Okoye
for piano and soprano
"Kindergarten, Part I"- Najaya Royale
"Brooklyn Cinderella" - Tristan Regist
"If I Were a Doll" - Aliah Gilkes
"Kindergarten, Part II"- Najaya Royale

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PRESS

June 20, 2011 - WQXR
Opera profile: "Make Music NY Takes Opera to the Streets"

April 1, 2011 - PATCH.COM
Opera profile: "Poem by 8-year-old Turned Into Opera"

 

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