American Opera Project to present ‘Music as the Message: It Takes a Village!’

By Francisco Salazar

American Opera Project is set to present “Music as the Message: It Takes a Village!”

The hybrid concert experience features virtual and in-person performances of new and familiar songs and will be presented on Nov. 20. The program is created and hosted by Emmy Award-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich and will highlight the work of local and national charities and the importance of community action.

The in-person performance will be held in New York City at Broadway Presbyterian Church and the virtual performance will be held simultaneously via Zoom.

Danrich will be joined by special guest artists Amy Burton, John Musto, Tesia Kwarteng, Patrick Dailey, Anu French, Ovya Diwakaran, Melissa Riker’s Kinesis Dancers, Adam Richardson, Kwamina Walker-Williams, Kagera Buckner, Violetta Zabbi, Gary Mitchell Jr., Alexis Gerlach, and BPC pastor Chris Shelton.

In a statement, Danrich explained, “Taking care of others can be rewarding yet sometimes stressful. We knew there was a need for a restorative, meditative time of reflection. But it doesn’t have to be a quiet time for reflection! Attendees are encouraged to sing and speak along, whether in the Zoom room or in the Sanctuary, with strong and joyous voices.”