Celebrating Jacob Lawrence with Step Afrika!
Photo: Tao Ruspoli and Marie Noorbergen
“Being a performer of classical music is an inherently empathetic act. We don’t play our own music. The simple task is to try to come as close as possible to an understanding of the mind, heart and soul of another individual.”
— Jonathan Biss
Photo: Benjamin Ealovega
The decision to program an entire season around a single theme arose from many months of conversation between Meany’s Executive and Artistic Director Michelle Witt and performance artist and Mellon Fellow Daniel Alexander Jones about art as a creative force for good in turbulent times — a means of accessing our emotions in ways that spark both contemplation and connection.
Michelle began thinking about programming an entire season that encourages us to leave what we know and bravely embrace a new perspective, and she invited Daniel to join her in developing a set of questions and considerations related to this season’s events that we could pose to both artists and audiences with the aim of deepening our sense of empathy for the artists, the work and for one another. Here are some of their answers: