D.C. Premiere for Wadada Leo Smith’s “Ten Freedom Summers”

Three-part multimedia performance set for Oct. 25-26

Wadada Leo Smith and Larry Kaplan in performance ofTen Freedom Summers in October 2011 image 0
Lyn Horton

Wadada Leo Smith and Larry Kaplan in performance ofTen Freedom Summers in October 2011

Trumpeter/composer Wadada Leo Smith will perform his critically acclaimed work Ten Freedom Summers for the first time in Washington, D.C., Oct. 25 and 26 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

The event, according to a press release, “will also premiere the 23rd work in the TFS collection: That Sunday Morning: Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley: We Carry You In Our Hearts, which remembers the victims of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing. Smith will also be premiering new music written for the 22nd composition in TFS: The March on Washington, D.C. – August 1963.”

The seven-hour performance will take place at 8 p.m. on the 25th (Ten Freedom Summers I); 3 p.m. on the 26th (TFS II), and 8 p.m. on the 26th (TFS III) at the Theresa and Jane Lang Theatre, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC. Advance tickets are $33.50 per concert; tickets are $35.50 per concert at the door beginning two hours before the show. Tickets for all three concerts are $85.50 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. Student tickets, $20 per concert, available at the door, only. Call 202-399-7993 ext. 2 or log on to Atlas Arts for tickets and information.

Joining Smith for these performances are the Golden Quartet with Anthony Davis on piano, John Lindberg on bass, Anthony Brown on drums and Smith on trumpet; Pacifica Red Coral with violinist Shalini Vijayan and Mona Tian, violist Andrew McIntosh, cellist Ashley Walters, harpist Alison Bjorkedal and percussionist Lynn Vartan; and video artist Jesse Gilbert.

For more information, visit Wadada Leo Smith or Atlas Arts.