The Washington National Opera (WNO) and the museum discussed the upcoming production of Porgy and Bess at the Kennedy Center, including its complex artistic and historical legacy. The program included a panel discussion, multimedia presentation, and vocal performances by cast members. Participants included Dwight Blocker Bowers, curator of American Entertainment History; Fath Davis Ruffins, curator of African American History and Culture; John Mauceri, conductor; Rita Tikador, WNO assistant artistic director; Morenike Fadayoni, WNO actress (Bess); Eric Owens, WNO actor (Porgy); and Jermaine Smith, WNO actor (Sporting Life).
All-American Music: Behind the Scenes with Porgy and Bess
February 25, 2010