White Snake Projects Presents ‘Sing Out Strong: Emancipated Voices’

By Afton Wooten

White Snake Projects will present the seventh installment of its “Sing Out Strong” series, “Emancipated Voices,” featuring original works with texts by longtime Massachusetts residents and newly arrived immigrants.

Scheduled for performances throughout March, “What Does Voting Mean To You?” was the prompt for composers in a Call for Entries in 2023. Composers were selected by a panel consisting of Carlos Carrillo, Kitty Brazelton, and White Snake’s Music Director, Tianhui Ng. The diverse group of composers chosen were then paired with Massachusetts-based residents who shared what voting means to them. Participants range in age from eight to 70. Four of the writers are students at Boston International Newcomers Academy, a public high school devoted to recently arrived immigrants.

Jennifer Wang leads Boston Music Project’s Newbold Orchestra and youth orchestras in the premiere of the new works. They are joined by mezzo-soprano Chihiro Asano. More singers and a pianist will be announced at a later date.

Previous “Sing Out Strong” concerts have included “Immigrant Voices”, “DeColonized Voices,” “Essential Voices,” “Incarcerated Voices,” “Remembered Voices,” and “Questing Voices.”

Free performances take place Mar. 15 at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Mar. 26 at the Boston Public Library’s Mattapan Branch, and Mar. 27 at the Public Library of Brookline Village.