Concert will begin at 17:00 hours GMT
Rebroadcast: Schnyder's 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' with Stewart, Brown, Williams and Traverse from Seattle
Daniel Schnyder's 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' is an opera to a libretto by Bridgette A. Wimberly. While the body of tormented bebop innovator Charlie “Yardbird” Parker lies unidentified in a New York City morgue, his ghost travels back to the 1940s–50s heyday of Birdland, the jazz club named after him. As he struggles to complete his final masterpiece, the legendary saxophonist revisits the demons, inspirations, and women who have fueled and hindered his creative genius. Performers:
Charlie Parker: Joshua Stewart (or Frederick Ballentine).
Addie Parker: Angela Brown.
Dizzy Gillespie: Jorell Williams.
Chan Parker: Shelly Traverse.
Doris Parker: Jennifer Cross.
Rebecca Parker: Chrystal E. Williams.
Nica: Audrey Babcock.
Seattle Opera Choir and Orchestra. Conductor: Kelly Kuo.
Recorded in March 2020.