Rhiannon Giddens–Scored Ballet 'Black Lucy and the Bard' Premieres on PBS's 'Great Performances' September 16

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Nashville Ballet's production of Black Lucy and the Bard, set to an original score by Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, premieres on PBS's Great Performances this Friday, September 16, at 9pm ET. Playing onstage alongside the dancers, Giddens and Turrisi play several instruments including violin, banjo, mandolin, and piano. Author and performer Caroline Randall Williams narrates the ballet with her own spoken word poetry from the 2015 book on which the show was based, Lucy Negro, Redux. Choreographed and directed by Nashville Ballet’s artistic director Paul Vasterling, the ballet was recorded in March 2022.

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Nashville Ballet's production of Black Lucy and the Bard, set to an original score by Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, receives its television premiere on Great Performances on PBS stations across the US this Friday, September 16, at 9pm ET.

Playing onstage alongside the dancers, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi play several instruments including violin, banjo, mandolin, and piano. Author and performer Caroline Randall Williams narrates the ballet with her own spoken word poetry from the 2015 book on which the show was based, Lucy Negro, Redux. Choreographed and directed by Nashville Ballet’s artistic director Paul Vasterling, the ballet was recorded in March 2022.

For additional details and to find a station near you, visit pbs.org.

Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi will give a performance at the US Ambassador's Residence in Dublin this Thursday, September 15, for Other Voices: Dignity, celebrating shared musical culture between the US and Ireland. The event will stream live here:

Giddens and Turrisi return to the road to tour the US with music from their latest album, They're Calling Me Home, which won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, starting with a set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the free annual event in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, on October 2. See below for details; for all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. Additionally, Omar, the opera Giddens wrote with Michael Abels, which premiered at Spoleto Festival USA earlier this year, opens at LA Opera on October 22 and at Boston Lyric Opera next May.

Build a House, Rhiannon Giddens' new children's book, will be published on Candlewick Press on October 11. The book, which depicts a family’s resilience in the face of violence and sorrow, is available to pre-order here.

RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR

Oct 2 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA
Oct 4 Finney Chapel Oberlin, OH
Oct 5 Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center Blacksburg, VA
Oct 6 Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Center Richmond, VA
Oct 8 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Storrs, CT
Oct 9 McCarter Theatre Center Princeton, NJ
Oct 14 The Bushnell Hartford, CT
Oct 15 Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
Nov 4 Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
Nov 12 Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA
Jan 24 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
Mar 10 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
     
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Rhiannon Giddens: 'Black Lucy and the Bard,' PBS Great Performances
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022
    Rhiannon Giddens–Scored Ballet 'Black Lucy and the Bard' Premieres on PBS's 'Great Performances' September 16

    Nashville Ballet's production of Black Lucy and the Bard, set to an original score by Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi, receives its television premiere on Great Performances on PBS stations across the US this Friday, September 16, at 9pm ET.

    Playing onstage alongside the dancers, Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi play several instruments including violin, banjo, mandolin, and piano. Author and performer Caroline Randall Williams narrates the ballet with her own spoken word poetry from the 2015 book on which the show was based, Lucy Negro, Redux. Choreographed and directed by Nashville Ballet’s artistic director Paul Vasterling, the ballet was recorded in March 2022.

    For additional details and to find a station near you, visit pbs.org.

    Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi will give a performance at the US Ambassador's Residence in Dublin this Thursday, September 15, for Other Voices: Dignity, celebrating shared musical culture between the US and Ireland. The event will stream live here:

    Giddens and Turrisi return to the road to tour the US with music from their latest album, They're Calling Me Home, which won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album, starting with a set at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the free annual event in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, on October 2. See below for details; for all the latest, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour. Additionally, Omar, the opera Giddens wrote with Michael Abels, which premiered at Spoleto Festival USA earlier this year, opens at LA Opera on October 22 and at Boston Lyric Opera next May.

    Build a House, Rhiannon Giddens' new children's book, will be published on Candlewick Press on October 11. The book, which depicts a family’s resilience in the face of violence and sorrow, is available to pre-order here.

    RHIANNON GIDDENS ON TOUR

    Oct 2 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco, CA
    Oct 4 Finney Chapel Oberlin, OH
    Oct 5 Fife Theatre, Moss Arts Center Blacksburg, VA
    Oct 6 Camp Concert Hall, Modlin Center Richmond, VA
    Oct 8 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Storrs, CT
    Oct 9 McCarter Theatre Center Princeton, NJ
    Oct 14 The Bushnell Hartford, CT
    Oct 15 Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
    Nov 4 Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
    Nov 12 Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles, CA
    Jan 24 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
    Mar 10 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY
         
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