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Metropolitan Opera Will Present Terence Blanchard Opera Fire Shut Up In My Bones

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City will present trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones in a forthcoming season, the company said, though it did not specify exactly which season it would be. Premiered in June in St. Louis, the work will be the first opera by a black composer to … Read More “Metropolitan Opera Will Present Terence Blanchard Opera Fire Shut Up In My Bones

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Terence Blanchard Named First Kenny Burrell Chair at UCLA

Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter, composer, and music educator Terence Blanchard has been named the first Kenny Burrell Chair in Jazz Studies at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music. The chair was established to honor Burrell, a legendary jazz guitarist and composer. Burrell founded the jazz studies program at UCLA and served as director from 1996 to … Read More “Terence Blanchard Named First Kenny Burrell Chair at UCLA”

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Terence Blanchard Gets Oscar Nod for BlacKkKlansman

Terence Blanchard, the renowned New Orleans-based trumpeter and composer, was nominated earlier this week for an Academy Award in the Best Original Score category for his work on BlacKkKlansman, the Spike Lee movie about an African-American detective in 1970s Colorado Springs who infiltrates the KKK. “Feeling grateful and blessed,” the 56-year-old Grammy Award winner wrote … Read More “Terence Blanchard Gets Oscar Nod for BlacKkKlansman

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New Terence Blanchard Opera to Premiere in 2019

Four-time Grammy-winner Terence Blanchard will soon be able to add a second opera to his long list of compositional credits. Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Jazz St. Louis recently announced that they have co-commissioned Blanchard and librettist Kasi Lemmons to write Fire Shut Up in My Bones, an opera based on outspoken New York … Read More “New Terence Blanchard Opera to Premiere in 2019”

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WNO to Perform Terence Blanchard’s “Champion” Throughout March

Washington National Opera will perform the East Coast premiere of Champion, an “opera in jazz” at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. on March 4. With music composed by Terence Blanchard and a libretto by Michael Cristofer, the opera tells the true story of U.S. Virgin Islands’ boxer Emile Griffith, who after being subjected to homophobic taunts … Read More “WNO to Perform Terence Blanchard’s “Champion” Throughout March”

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