MISTER G – the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist and educator – presents an exciting bilingual Earth Day concert for children and families with an emphasis on ecoliteracy. Broadcast
MISTER G – the Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author, activist and educator – presents an exciting bilingual Earth Day concert for children and families with an emphasis on ecoliteracy. Broadcast live from the Academy of Music Theatre, the performance will be filled with music, culture, special guests from all over the world, and of course a foot-stomping handclapping good time.
Hailed as “a bilingual rock star” by the Washington Post, Ben Gundersheimer was originally dubbed MISTER G by his young students while pursuing a Master of Education degree. His dynamic, interactive performances aim to dissolve borders and foster cross-cultural connections. His most recent album, Children of the World, unites musicians across five continents and fourteen countries (including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Romania, Iran, Liberia, Senegal, Vietnam, Guatemala, Bangladesh, Mexico, France, Jamaica and the US).
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blues to Green (Springfield, MA) and Next Stage Arts (Putney, VT) are proud to present The New Immigrant Experience, the remarkable eighth release by renowned composer Felipe Salles, is a
Blues to Green (Springfield, MA) and Next Stage Arts (Putney, VT) are proud to present The New Immigrant Experience, the remarkable eighth release by renowned composer Felipe Salles, is a powerful multimedia work inspired by the lives of “Dreamers,” the almost seven hundred thousand individuals currently protected by DACA. The performance will be preceded by an investigative panel discussion to ground us in the work’s sociopolitical context.
Written by Salles – who emigrated from Brazil to the United States in 1995 – and developed with the aid of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship, the work uses speech cadences and melodic motifs based on key words as its main source of musical material. The compelling and personal stories it tells were collected through interviews Salles conducted with a group of nine Dreamers during the summer of 2018.
It’s an emotional musical journey through beautiful orchestral textures, carefully developed motifs, and intense solo features, that combine the power of a big band recording and the dramatic landscape of a soundtrack.
Panel Discussion - 3pm EST
Participate in a panel discussion with composer Felipe Salles and activist Dreamers featured in the project video, including the first Dreamer Tereza Lee, Diana Sanchez of the Yonkers Sanctuary Movement, Hector Matinez of Seed Project and Movimiento Cosecha, and Joana Costa among others. This discussion will provide context for the performance by explaining the current situation of undocumented immigrants, DACA, possible paths forward, and other immigration topics. Audience members will be invited to ask questions.
Evening Performance - 8pm EST
Felipe Salles and the Interconnections Ensemble take the stage at the historic Academy of Music Theatre for a live-streamed performance of the New Immigrant Experience. Performed by his 19-piece ensemble, this multimedia composition for jazz orchestra is inspired by the lives of Dreamers, whose stories are woven throughout.
This program is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies. Additional support for this performance provided by the Mass Cultural Council.
(Saturday) 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm
It’s Not Too Late is an interactive, multimedia experience that delivers a potent blend of science, activism, and art - a microcosm of the coalition converging to change course at
It’s Not Too Late is an interactive, multimedia experience that delivers a potent blend of science, activism, and art - a microcosm of the coalition converging to change course at this dramatic moment in planetary history. This event includes a screening of Geoffrey Hudson’s A Passion for the Planet, a stunning eco-oratorio with director’s-cut style annotations by Hudson and climate scientist Michael E. Mann, preceded by a panel discussion with leaders in climate activism including Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas and Mann.
PANEL DISCUSSION - 4:30 PM Eastern
Earth Optimism: It’s Not Too Late
Join A Passion for the Planet composer Geoffrey Hudson, climate scientist Michael E. Mann, activist Rev. Margaret Bullitt-Jonas, and others as they discuss the climate emergency and explore just solutions. There is a lot of work to be done, and we are capable of doing it. There is still time to create a better future. And that work is underway all around us. What gives you hope?
CONCERT PERFORMANCE: 7:30 PM Eastern
It’s Not Too Late: A Passion for the Planet
The show begins with composer Geoffrey Hudson teaching the audience to sing a simple tune. Then follows the broadcast of A Passion for a Planet with director’s-cut-style annotations by Hudson and climate scientist Michael E. Mann, which include graphs, backstory, and musical examples. The eco-oratorio ends with audience members and performers joining to sing the tune learned at the top of the program, providing a sense of unity and underscoring the message that we all have parts to play in this campaign to save our planet. As vital participants in the work to be done, viewers can engage in real-time with the panelists via chat and join the performers to sing the final chorale.
** TICKETS: https://thirdrow.live/events/its-not-too-late/
(Sunday) 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm