Inversion presents Stigma: Songs of the Forgotten
Join us this Pride month for a powerful concert exploring the past, present, and future of the LGBTQIA+ experience. This concert features the world premiere of Steven Sérpa's dramatic oratorio, james (book of ruth). With a libretto by Zac Kline, this allegory of the late twentieth century HIV/AIDS epidemic emphasizes strong themes of love, loss, and forgiveness still relevant today. Sam Kreidenweis (Baritone) plays James, a young male facing a new HIV diagnosis and the social, familial, and religious persecution it brings. His mother, sung by Mary Kettlewell (Soprano), denies James the love and compassion he needs as he watches his partner fall ill and pass away, but Ruth—an amalgam of activist Ruth Coker Burks and the biblical Ruth— sung by Katrina Saporsantos (Soprano), offers the kindness and understanding that those closest to James fail to show.
Additionally, Inversion explores the past and present of the LGBTQIA+ experience with Pink by Germán Barboza, inspired by the persecution and murder of LGBTQIA+ individuals during the holocaust, and Transpose by Robbie LaBanca, based on texts by transgender and gender non-conforming poets who explore the epidemic of violence against their community today.
Inversion was thrilled to safely congregate as an ensemble for this poignant program after a long year of virtual projects. Stigma was filmed and recorded in KMFA’s Draylen Mason Music Studio. We are also proud to have collaborated with various local and nationally-based instrumentalists, including Spectrum Ensemble.
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Este proyecto es apoyado en parte por la División de Artes Culturales del Departamento de Desarrollo Económico de la Ciudad de Austin.
The video for this performance will remain on YouTube until Monday, July 5, 2021, and can be accessed from the same link that will be provided with your ticket purchase. Tickets are $15-25.
Please join us on Friday, June 25, 2021, at 7:00 pm CT for Stigma: Songs of the Forgotten.
P.O. Box 200683
Austin, Texas 78720