Composer: Frances Pollock
Composer Bio: As a composer, Pollock draws inspiration from the evocative sounds of her native South and from her strong ties to humanism. Originally from North Carolina, Pollock’s music digs its roots into jazz, blues, gospel, folk, and a variety of other genres. Unafraid of looking for truth onstage, she is especially interested in themes that explore idealism and human nature. Pollock recently graduated from Furman University with a BM in Theory and Composition. She is currently completing her masters under the tutelage of Steven Rainbolt at the Peabody Conservatory. She has also studied extensively with Jill Feldman and Marilyn Taylor of the North Carolina School of the Arts. Pollock is currently involved in founding the new music group, “Prima Volta,” an upcoming group dedicated to help establish new music and fledgling professional musicians.
Librettist: Frances Pollock
Premiere Date: May 09, 2015
Producing Company: 2640 Space
Stinney is an opera set in Alcolu, South Carolina in 1944. The story is told from the perspective of two very young murder victims: Mary Emma Thames (age eight) and Betty June Binnicker (age eleven). The girls guide us through the repercussions of their horrific deaths and the ensuing trial of George Stinney, a fourteen-year-old African American boy and the youngest person executed in the United States in the 20th Century. By investigating the racial tensions in South Carolina and the community’s response to these murders, Stinney questions the integrity of the legal system and the mishandled evidence that condemned him to die. The opera will be performed by classically trained singers along with members of the Baltimore Gospel music community.

Stinney transcends the traditional boundaries of classical forms and provides opportunities to collaborate with Baltimore musicians from conservatory and Gospel traditions, attempting to strengthen the connections between two disparate musical communities.
Length: Length is not available.
Total Acts: Not Available
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