February 13, 2016 – 3:00pm – African American Arts and Culture Complex (762 Fulton St.) Open Rehearsal – Champion: An Opera

FREE event. Tickets are not required.

This is a great opportunity to see a new creative “Opera in Jazz” : “Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz tells the real-life story of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, a man haunted by memories of his past who struggled to reconcile his sexuality in a hyper-macho world. Produced by SFJAZZ in conjunction with San Francisco’s Opera Parallèle, Champion is a visually stunning production features elaborate staging and video elements with a jazz trio, orchestra and chorus, bringing out the full glory of Blanchard’s soulful score as it illuminates a tragic story that remains acutely relevant today. “

For more information about the opera: you can go to their website: https://sfjazz.org/events/2015-16/0221/champion


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