In 2019, we launched a multi-year community-based project, Sing Out Strong (SOS), that commissions composers and writers to create songs based on themes that flow from our operas. The songs are performed in a series of concerts in different Boston area communities.
We’ve also integrated our mainstage shows with our community projects, a revolutionary move. After SOS tours Boston’s neighborhoods, a selection of the songs will be performed on our mainstage as a “curtain-raiser” to our mainstage opera.
Learn more about our SOS concerts:
SOS: Immigrant Voices composers and writers come from all over the world, reflecting the diversity of America, and Boston in particular. They bring with them the music and stories of Peru, Latvia, India, China, Taiwan, Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, Vietnam, and the Dominican Republic. They come from diverse socio-economic, age, gender, and racial backgrounds. Some have day jobs as teachers, professors, counselors; some are musicians, others are high school students, retirees, cooks, waiters, homemakers, and parents. But all are activists who believe that music and storytelling have the power to change lives.
SOS: Decolonized Voices composers and writers come from all over the world, reflecting the diversity of America, and Boston in particular. They bring with them the music and stories of the Nipmuc Tribe of Massachusetts, Cape Verde, Hong Kong, the Dominican Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Vietnam, Haiti, the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, and the multicultural melting pot of heritages in the United States. They come from diverse socio-economic, age, gender, and racial backgrounds. Some are professional musicians, some are high school students. But all are activists who believe that music and storytelling have the power to change lives.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SOS: DeColonized Voices’ had its virtual world premiere on May 13.
Read the program book for the Virtual world premiere of SOS: DeColonized Voices
SOS: Essential Voices The pandemic has changed our entire way of life. It has changed the way we work, recreate, eat, learn, teach, interact with friends and family, etc. It has forced us to confront the fact that life is precarious, fragile and precious. It has exposed the great divide in American society, with black and brown people disproportionately succumbing to the virus, as compared to white people.
We collected stories from essential workers about their experiences working on the front lines. We heard from medical personnel, hospital housekeepers, grocery store workers, delivery people, and other essential workers. We heard about what they do, how they’ve been coping, their hopes, their fears, their families, their despair, and anything else they were moved to write about. We then paired those texts who composers who set their words to music. The stories were then presented during SOS: Essential Voices.