Livestream | Listening to Tom-Tom


Thursday, July 9, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Join us for an in-depth exploration of Shirley Graham Du Bois’ opera, Tom-Tom written while the composer, playwright, and activist was a student at Oberlin in 1932. Tom-Tom was the first opera written and staged by an African American woman and the work has not been produced since its initial run. All that survives of the score is an incomplete piano-vocal reduction. In this livestream, soprano Candice Hoyes, baritone Markel Reed, and pianist Kyle Walker perform excerpts from the score. Following the performance, Caroline Jackson Smith, Professor of Theater and Africana Studies at Oberlin College, moderates a panel discussion considering the opera’s complex representations of race, gender and history. Harvard lecturer Lucy Caplan, who (in partnership with AMOC) originally produced this event at Harvard in 2018, will join the panel alongside the three performers.


Candice Hoyes, soprano
Markel Reed, baritone
Kyle Walker, piano
Lucy Caplan, panelist
Caroline Jackson Smith, panelist

Event Location and Ticket Information

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020
Times: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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Presenter: Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Presenter Phone: 914-232-1252
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