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Soprano Julia Bullock presents "History's Persistent Voice" in San Francisco

African American soprano Julia Bullock in a bright coral colored dress
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The immersive experience that fuses traditional slave songs with the work of Black artists, and new compositions by contemporary composers takes place May 17, 2022 in San Francisco.

Originally conceived in 2018 when soprano Julia Bullock (ESM '09) was Artist in Residence at The Met Museum, her evolving program History's Persistent Voice, is set to hit the stage once again on Tuesday, May 17th, this time with the San Francisco Symphony. Known for her activism and her creative ability to collaborate and merge a variety of performance and visual arts, History's Persistent Voice fuses traditional slave songs with the work of Black artists, and new compositions by contemporary composers to create a compelling and powerful message.

The world premiere in 2019 included compositions by all-women composers including Tania Leon, Courtney Bryan, Jessie Montgomery and Allison Loggins-Hull. The San Francisco performance on May 17th will include Jessie Montgomery's "Five Freedome Songs," the world premieres of Carolyn Yarnell's "I Come Up the Hard Way" and "ain't my home;" and the world premiere of "Quilt" by Pamela Z, a major player on the experimental music scene. The multimedia production also includes an immersive video of works by Los Angeles based visual artist Hana S. Kim.

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