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June 9, 2004 | Pittsburgh Festival Opera
Just Above My Head
Composer:Nathan Davis
Librettist:Ursula Davis
Synopsis
Based on the novel by James Baldwin, Just Above My Head follows the story of two families, linked through love and loss, brought together through jazz, gospel singing and the church, and divided by crises of incest, drug addiction, race riots and murder.

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The Opera Fund: Repertoire Development2004

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Musical Style
"Jazz Opera", fused with jazz, gospel, Western classical music and modern dance

Vocal & Musical Forces
Vocal soloists, Jazz Artists performing with dancers, a gospel choir, full symphony orchestra

Original Cast
Eugene and Herbert Perry, baritones; Jimmy Owens, featured trumpet; Tony Campbell and Nathan Davis, saxophone; Dwayne Dolphin, bass; Greg Humphries, drums; Craig Davis, piano



 
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