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Fridays @ 5: “Falling Birds, Falling Man”
October 25 : 5:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
“Falling Birds, Falling Man,” part of the Hermitage Artist Retreat’s Fridays @ 5 series, features actor and playwright Myxolydia Tyler, who will read scenes from Falling Birds, a play she is working on at the Hermitage about black civil rights demonstrators locked up in a confederate barracks. Composer Kenneth Fuchs will show and discuss Falling Man, a dramatic scene for baritone voice and orchestra, which was presented at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
This program is free but reservations are required and can be requested at HermitageArtistRetreat.org.
About the artists
Kenneth Fuch’s fifth Naxos recording with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by JoAnn Falletta won the 2018 Grammy Award in the category Best Classical Compendium. With Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson, Fuchs created three chamber musicals, “The Great Nebula in Orion,” “A Betrothal,” and “Brontosaurus,” which Circle Repertory Company originally presented in New York City. Fuchs’s operatic monodrama, “Falling Man” (text by Don DeLillo, adapted by J. D. McClatchy) was presented at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of 9/11. His music has achieved significant global recognition through performances, media exposure, and digital streaming and downloading throughout the world. Fuchs serves as a professor of composition at the University of Connecticut. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from the University of Miami (cum laude) and his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from The Juilliard School.
Myxolydia Tyler is a teaching artist, vocal coach and professional actor. She is a 2005 graduate of the Brown Trinity MFA program. She has 13 years of experience as a teaching artist working for organizations such as Oasis, PowerPlay NYC, CUNY Creative Arts Team, and The Leadership Program. Tyler has taught undergraduate courses in acting, voice and speech at the Acting Co, The New York Conservatory for Film and Dramatic Arts and at the Acting Studio. Tyler was a lead teaching artist, building and implementing curriculum for Mentor-Linc and the Education Department at Lincoln Center Education. As a professional actor she was last seen as Chelle in Dominique Morrisseau’s Detroit ’67 in Hartford Stage’s 2019 season. Tyler is a Young Patron at the Apollo Theatre.