Music: The Afro-Semitic Experience presents “Letters From the Affair” Wed., July 17

The Afro-Semitic Experience performs the David Chevan composition “Letters from the Affair” at Best Video Performance space on Wednesday, July 17, at 8 PM. Advance tickets are $10; tickets at the door will be $15.

“Letters from the Affair” is a multi-media musical—there’s a little jazz, a little opera, some cantorial singing, and even a little art history. The work is based upon a series of letters written by the Impressionist painters Camille Pissarro and Edgar Degas. These letters are framed to tell a little-known story from the end of the 19th century about the relationship between these two founding members of the French Impressionist Art movement. The story centers on their friendship as artists and how it deteriorated and then completely ended because of their differing views regarding the Dreyfus affair.

“Letters from the Affair”: a new musical by David Chevan, performed by the Afro-Semitic Experience

Cantor Martin Levson: Edgar Degas
Cantor Malachi Kanfer: Camille Pissarro
Alvin Carter: Narrator, drums
Jocelyn Pleasant: Zoe, percussion
Adam Matlock: accordion
Will Bartlett: saxophone and clarinets
David Chevan: bass

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