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Rainbow Beach

This original piece premiered in Summer 2022

Rainbow Beach is an in-development full-length musical production inspired by true events in 1961 that led to the desegregation of beaches on the South Side of Chicago.

This piece of immersive history recounts the wade-ins, a form of nonviolent protest in which demonstrators demanded equal access by stepping into whites-only waters, and speaks truthfully to the violence that ensued. A concert reading took place on July 22, 2022.

This commission was made possible by the Vandenberg Family, the Raising Voices Artistic Initiatives Fund, and the Dale Warland Singers Commission Award presented by Chorus America and funded by the American Composers Forum.

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