#SingHerName Set to Honor Women Activists

The Dream Unfinished #SingHerName
Wednesday, July 13, at 7:00 p.m.
The Great Hall, Cooper Union, 7 East 7th Street

On Wednesday, July 13, the Dream Unfinished, a NYC based activist orchestra will host #SingHerName. Inspired by #SayHerName, Sing Her Name is a musical tribute to black women impacted by racial injustice, and women activists and organizers of the Historic Civil Rights and #BlackLivesMatter movements.

The concert will feature The Dream Unfinished Orchestra and #SingHerName Singers will perform the works of Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Ethel Smyth, and a premiere by composer Courtney Bryan with text by poet Sharan Strange. Soloists include pianist Michelle Cann and violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. In addition to musical selections, Sing Her Name will include appearances by notable figures such as Terrance McKnight, Gina Belafonte, and others. Featuring the U.S. Orchestral Premiere of Ethel Smyth's The Prison, with bass-baritone Dashon Burton, praised for his "enormous, thrilling voice seemingly capable of raising the dead (Wall Street Journal)," and soprano Marlissa Hudson, described as a "superb lyric coloratura (St. Louis Dispatch)."

Sankofa has worked and supported The Dream Unfinished since its inception last year and believe in the contribution they make. In 2015, the debut season included three chamber concerts and headline symphonic concert, which marked the one-year anniversary of Eric Garner's passing.

The Great Hall was the platform for some of the earliest workers' rights campaigns and for the birth of the NAACP, the women's suffrage movement and the American Red Cross. To the Great Hall's podium has become a pageant of famous Americans — rebels and reformers, poets and presidents. Public intellectuals, from Frederick Douglass, Henry James and Mark Twain, to William Styron and Salman Rushdie, have spoken there, along with seven serving or future US Presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Barack Obama.