Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration
West Coast Premiere
Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran, producers
Jason Moran, piano
Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano
with Imani Winds
In a series of “gripping portraits of a vast social upheaval” (Chicago Tribune), Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran’s deeply personal presentation Two Wings explores the Great Migration of six million Black Americans from the rural South to northern cities and beyond.
The husband and wife duo—he a MacArthur Fellow and acclaimed jazz composer and pianist, she a celebrated classical vocalist and composer—trace their family histories through the music that accompanied these brave travelers throughout the 20th century, from Harlem Renaissance–era jazz tunes, gospel hymns, bebop standards, and Broadway show tunes, to classical and chamber music and the Morans’ own compositions. The program even passes through California, where both families put down roots.
Two Wings was created with the help of Isabel Wilkerson’s landmark history The Warmth of Other Suns and also includes texts by Black authors, scholars, and poets. The production, in its West Coast premiere, will be recreated especially for Cal Performances audiences, with a star-studded roster of performers, writers, thinkers, and special guests to be announced.
This event is part of our Illuminations “Place and Displacement” programming for the 2021–22 season.
Patron Sponsors: Dalia and Lance Nagel
On Sale Dates
|Aug 3||Subscriptions and Single Tickets to Donors at the Producer’s Circle level and above|
|Aug 17||Subscriptions and Add-on Tickets to Donors $100-$1,499 and Renewing Subscribers*|
|Aug 24||Subscriptions and Single Tickets to Email Club; UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, & Students|
|Aug 27||Subscriptions and Single Tickets to General Public|