Aurea Ensemble, Festival Ballet Providence team up for 'Daybreak'


Aurea Ensemble and Festival Ballet Providence are proud to announce an exciting collaborative program, “Daybreak,” inspired by Langston Hughes’ iconic poem, “Daybreak in Alabama.”

The program will include Aurea’s signature blending of poetry, harmonica improvisations and chamber music, and an extraordinary contemporary ballet performance by Festival Ballet Providence. This exciting free event will take place Sunday, Sept. 19, at noon outdoors at the Pawtucket Arts Festival, Slater Park Main Stage, 401 Newport Ave., Pawtucket.

This premiere performance celebrates a new dawn of hope and reconciliation, the return of live performance and the great, diverse, rich spirit of our nation. The program will feature Special Guest, Rose Weaver (roseweaver.com), renowned former Trinity Repertory Company actor, singer and activist and brand-new choreography by Yury Yanowsky, artistic curator of Festival Ballet Providence, performed by Festival Ballet dancers.

“Daybreak” includes music of George Gershwin; Jessie Montgomery (newly appointed Chicago Symphony composer in residence); Florence Price (1887-1953), first African American woman to have a symphonic premiere by a major American orchestra; and harmonica improvisations of Chris Turner; readings of Langston Hughes, Rita Dove, D H Lawrence, Adrienne Rich and Miguel de Unamuno.

Acclaimed for its innovative, eclectic, thematic programming, Aurea blends classical chamber music, brilliant harmonica improvisations and poignant readings. Festival Ballet Providence, Rhode Island’s premiere ballet company and New England’s second largest ballet company, marks the opening of its 44th season of a diverse repertoire of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary dance.


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