2016 Performance Dates SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium February 19 - February 28, 4pm Champion: An Opera in Jazz Champion: An Opera in Jazz
Choreography: Joe Orrach
Music: Terence Blanchard
Libretto: Michael Cristofer
I Kill a Man, I Love a Man:
The Emile Griffith Jazz Opera
“...A critical role is played by the hard-working 12-person chorus of West Indian and Harlem paraders, reporters and boxing fans. A special note needs to be made of Joe Orrach, Champion's choreographer, who happens to be a U.S. Air Force Welterweight Champion. He opens the show with an extended solo at the speed bag, which he uses expertly as a percussion instrument. Opening the second act, Orrach thrills again, this time with a kind of tap dance for agile boxer's feet, becoming a virtuoso turn at skipping rope, varying rhythms and a range of sound effects from those tools like a trained orchestra player.”
Champion:An Opera in Jazz, in 2 Acts and 10 scenes was co-commissioned by the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis & Champion Boxing Glove. A groundbreaking work combining the disciplines of opera and jazz, tells the real-life story of world champion boxer Emile Griffith, a man haunted by memories of his past who struggled to reconcile his sexuality in a hyper-macho world.
Co-produced by Opera Parallèle and SFJAZZ, Champion’s visually stunning production will feature full staging and video elements with soloists, a jazz trio, orchestra and Gospel chorus, bringing out the full glory of Blanchard’s soulful score as it illuminates Griffith’s triumphs and struggles, which are still broadly and powerfully relevant today.
SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium February 19 - February 28, 4pm Champion: An Opera in Jazz Champion: An Opera in Jazz
February 19 - February 28, 4pm Champion: An Opera in Jazz Champion: An Opera in Jazz