Tulsa Opera to Broadcast 2021 Performance of ‘Greenwood Overcomes’

By Nicolas Quiroga

On June 4, 2022, the Tulsa Opera will broadcast its 2021 performance “Greenwood Overcomes” which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre.

The showcase, which will be presented via public media stations on June 4 and then will stream on-demand on CRB Classical starting on June 5, featured works by 23 living Black composers, performed by Black artists.

Performers included mezzo-sopranos Denyce Graves and Krysty Swann; sopranos Leah Hawkins and Leona Mitchell; tenors Issachah Savage and Noah Stewart; bass Kevin Thompson and bass-baritone Davone Tines. The concert featured works by Anthony Davis, Stewart Goodyear, James Lee III, Nkeiru Okoyo, David Bontemps, H. Leslie Adams, Peter Ashbourne, Jasmine Barnes, Kathryn Bostic, B.E. Boykin, Valerie Capers, Roland Carter, Melanie DeMore, Marques L. A. Garrett, Adolphus Hailstork, Tania León, Quinn Mason, Andre Myers, Rosephanye Powell, Carlos Simon, Damien Sneed, Tyshawn Sorey, and Nolan Williams, Jr..

The event was curated by Tulsa Opera Artistic Director and Composer Tobias Picker and Metropolitan Opera Pianist and Assistant Conductor Howard Watkins. The broadcast will feature interviews and conversations with many of the collaborators of the event.

“To be part of such a significant event was a truly remarkable experience and, as the collaborating pianist, I can say that these performances were charged with emotion, both on the stage and off,” said Watkins, co-curator of the event, in an official press statement. “This was an important concert recognizing and acknowledging the horrific events of 1921 with music as a conduit for grief, anger, healing, and love.”