ChamberQUEER Presents ‘Constellation Festival’ as Part of Pride Month 2024

By Afton Wooten

ChamberQUEER has announced its “Constellation Festival,” a celebration of queer community, diversity, and excellence in chamber music for 2024 Pride month.

“Constellation” is the organization’s sixth annual Pride month festival. The Fringe Festival-style format will provide a diversity of affordable cultural programming that platforms queer artists during Pride month, including family-friendly, sensory-friendly, and free events. Only vocal events are featured for the purposes of this article.

Opening the festival is Bloom Sound Collective’s “Sound Bath.” Bloom’s signature “choral sound bath” molds vocal repertoire with traditional sound healing instruments and has been produced across the city and the greater northeast, bringing sound meditation to new audiences through innovative and first-of-its-kind programming.

Performance Date: June 11, 2024

“Project [T]: A Mixtape” is the first artistic iteration of a new project from Canadian duo Teiya Kasahara 笠原貞野 (they/them), opera singer and theater creator, and David Eliakis (he/him), piano. The focus of the work is Kasahara’s 5-year autobiographical account of their professional career and personal life as they documented their transition in real time. Repertoire for “A Mixtape” includes songs by Handel, Puccini, Purcell, Medtner, Mozart, Schubert, Verdi, Barber, Blitzstein, Rorem, Copland, Sondheim, as well as Ian Cusson, and Leslie Uyeda.

Performance Date: June 11, 2024

In collaboration InfraSound and ChamberQUEER present “Dancing to the Music of You.” This event is a multidisciplinary improvisation of lighting, sound, and spatial design, and musical composition.

Performance Date: June 12, 2024

Soprano and certified sound healing/yoga/meditation facilitator Elly Kace presents a “Hybrid Yoga Session + Sound Bath.”

Performance Date: June 13, 2024

ChamberQUEER players and Luna Composition Lab alumni present a workshop of commissions from LCL alumni Lili M. Namazi (2022–23) and Sage Shurman (2019–20) and a new arrangement by Devon Lee (2020-21) in preparation for performances of these new works in fall 2024. ChamberQUEER musicians will then moderate a Q&A/talkback with the composers and audience.

Performance Date: June 13, 2024

The “Happy Hour with ChamberQUEER” features performances by founders cellist Jules Biber, soprano Danielle Buonaiuto, and baritone Brian Mummert.

Performance Date: June 13, 2024

A program of nearly all US premieres is heard at “Happy Hour with Coady Green and Elizabeth Van Os.” The duo presents premiere works by James Rushford, Bryn Renard, and repertoire from Green’s years-long history of commissioning new works. Also included on the concert is Meta Cohen’s “Delphi Songs.”

Performance Date: June 14, 2024

Closing out the festival is ChamberQUEER’s “Community Sightreading Party.” Musicians of all abilities and instruments/vocal ranges are welcome.

Performance Date: June 15, 2024


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