Aural Compass Projects Announces #StopAsianHate Benefit Concert

By Chris Ruel

As part of its Wear Yellow Proudly initiative, Aural Compass Projects has announced its upcoming benefit concert #StopAsianHate in response to the precipitous rise in violence against Asians.

The concert will stream on Tuesday, April 27th, 2021, at 7:00 P.M. EDT via the Wear Yellow Proudly Facebook page and YouTube channel.

#StopAsianHate is produced in partnership with the Asian American Foundation and is crafted to build awareness, increase funding for social change, and deliver solace through music and art.

Hosted by stage director, artistic director, and educator Matthew Ozawa, the concert features mezzo-soprano Fleur Barron; dancer, singer, and actor Lyndsey Britten; tenor Spencer Britten; composer Justine Chen; mezzo-soprano Kristen Choi; written and spoken word artist Jason Chun; freelance violinist and writer Ling Ling Huang; Grammy Award-nominated pianist Myra Huang; Artistic Director of Oregon Mozart Players and Associate Artistic Director of American Lyric Theater Kelly Kuo; tenor John Matthew Myers; tenor Nicholas Phan; tenor Andrew Stenson; and pianist Susan Zhang.

On the evening’s program is a scene from Huang Ruo’s opera, “An American Soldier, original poetry read by Jason Chun, “Diamond Impressions” by Chihchun Chi-sun Lee with choreography by Lyndsey Britten, “Something Wonderful” from “The King and I,” and more.

“Over and over and over again, members of our community have been shown they are not welcome in the city they call home through the most physical ways possible. Since January 2020, the Asian American Federation has led the charge to advocate for a stronger response to the surge in anti-Asian violence, which has reached almost 4,000 incidents nationally and over 1,100 incidents in New York City alone, more than one every eight hours. We need to re-imagine how we fight hate and focus on community-based solutions that include all who are in the community. While our communities should be leading this work, we need partners. We cannot do this alone! Our safety requires ALL New Yorkers. This fight is racism versus us,” stated Jo-Ann Yoo, the Executive Director of the Asian American Foundation in a press statement.