A Groupmuse Massivemuse
A Groupmuse Massivemuse
Epic classical music throwdowns in unexpected spaces.
“There is a commonality between nature and humanity -- we both exist in a living history. A history that is constantly being shifted, made and remade. The perspective from which we look informs the lessons we glean and the future we build.”
Come enjoy a unique concert inside of a Diorama Hall at the Museum. Living History will be a special concert of a classical masterwork as well as a concert reading of a new stage musical from a Denver Center Playwright Fellow.
In partnership with Groupmuse, this “Massivemuse” multi-disciplinary concert will explore through music and theatre how both human and natural history are constantly reshaped. Living History is the brainchild of award-winning writer, thinker and creative polymath Brenton Weyi. Weyi is an inaugural member of the Playwrights' Group (a new yearlong playwriting fellowship announced this year) at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, as well as a TEDx organizer, storytelling Grandslam champion, and first-generation citizen.
Taking place in the beautiful Botswana Hall, the first part of Living History will feature a classical music performance of two Sonatas from 18th Century composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges -- one of the most gifted virtuosos of African descent in history. The Chevalier was a contemporary of Mozart (and shared all of his same patrons), but his riveting story has been largely forgotten. His story and music will be accompanied by a special performance by Stephen Brackett of the Flobots.
In the second part of the evening, Weyi -- along with a full cast and musical ensemble -- will present Act I (and a few selections of Act II) of his new, unproduced musical 'My Country, My Country,' centering around the true story of Congolese independence and the Western-led Cold War assassination of one of the greatest politicians in African History: Patrice Lumumba. The story is a living history, made more vibrant by the community that experiences it, filled with infectious music and poignant truth. 'My Country, My Country' was first showcased at the Denver Art Museum to rave reception in 2018, was a semi-finalist for the prestigious O'Neill National Music Theatre Workshop and a recipient of generous grants from the Denver Foundation and Denver Arts and Venues.
Finally, everyone is incredibly excited for the experiential elements for the event. In between acts, members from the DMNS education department will have zoological and cultural artifacts for attendees to hold, touch and learn about -- a rare opportunity most museum-goers don't experience.
There will be a cash bar and a short reception to interact with member of the production team. The evening will be Bring-Your-Own-Floor-Blanket or Seat-Cushion because all Groupmuse events encourage a community feel by getting cozy on the floor.
There will be TWO performance times for this event. 5:30pm and 8pm. (This page is for the 8pm slot)
Don’t miss an evening of community, connection and a one-night-only experience. Join us for a night dedicated to living history -- and bring your own.
This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Denver Music Advancement Fund through Denver Arts & Venues
Denver Museum of Nature and Science
2001 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO, USA Additional instructions: The event will be on the 3rd Floor, in the Botswana Hall. There will be plenty of signage and guides to lead you to the right place :o)
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