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Megan-Geoffrey Prins & The Second Movement

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Megan-Geoffrey Prins & The Second Movement


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A very exciting and unique program to greet the new year. New Haven's chamber ensemble, The Second Movement, David Perry, executive director, will perform Stamford-born composer David Bruce's composition "Gumboots," an homage to the slaves of South Africa's goldmines. When the mines flooded, their owners spared themselves the expense of pumping out the water, and instead gave the slaves Wellingtons -- e.g., "gumboots" to wade in; the workers were strictly forbidden from talking to one another, and developed a sophisticated language to communicate with each other by slapping their boots and chains, which in turn gave rise to what is now known as a joyous genre of dance called the gumboot dance. This 23-minute chamber work takes us from the darkness of slavery through to the joy and resilience of the dance.

This introduction to South Africa is intentional, because our concert pianist today is award-winning South African Megan-Geoffrey Prins, a doctoral candidate at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music, where he already earned his Masters with Antonio Pompa-Baldi.

Megan will finish the first half of our concert with an homage American laborers with Frederic Rzewski's Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues, and -- and a complete change of genre and mood, will celebrate Russian Christmas in our second half with all All Russian Composers program of Liadov, Lyapunov, and Drozdoff.

We anticipate having a very special surprise for you during this program, above and beyond what is described here. If we told you more, it wouldn't be a surprise. You'll just have to come!

Join us for this amazing and eclectic program. You don't want to miss this.



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