A Celebration of Queer American Art in the Stonewall Era

LOOKING OUT is an evening-length multi-media collaboration between the opus87 piano quartet and dancers from the Alvin Ailey School. Developed for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, the quartet will present music by Lou Harrison and Aaron Copland, who represent important divergent strains of American musical thinking in the 20th century. As relatively open gay men with strong feelings about gay identity, who happen to both have been avid writers of music for dance, Copland and Harrison present two fascinating and complex models of what a queer artist looks like. We have selected major works by each composer which we find representative of their attitudes towards 'open' living; these works form the basis for a 45-minute choreographed work exploring the the nuances and contradictions contained within the idea of being 'out' in the time of the Stonewall riots.

The Ali Forney Center
All proceeds from this project will be donated to the Ali Forney Center, a Harlem-based organization that protects LGBTQ youths from the harms of homelessness and empowers them with the tools needed to live independently.

opus87 Piano Quartet
guest artist Caitlin Cawley, percussion

original choreography by Derick McKoy

Dancers: Alex Haquia, Dylan Balka, Samanta Warner, Sumire Ishige, Isabele Rosso

25.November.2019, 7:30 pm

Ades Performance Space
Manhattan School of Music
132 Claremont Avenue
New York, 10027

Tickets: $20 / $10 for students / free for MSM students with ID
(tickets can be purchased at the door; email opus87pianoqtet@gmail.com to reserve)

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