A Tempo: April 13 - Exploring Social Trends in Music

Apr 11, 2019

Cast members rehearse Golden Motors by Derek Bermel and Wendy S. Walters.

A Tempo this week looks at how two upcoming performances reflect efforts to explore the impact of social, historic and economic trends on cities. Host Rachel Katz will speak with composer Derek Bermel and librettist Wendy S. Walters, whose Golden Motors is about the impact of the Detroit auto industry on those whose livelihoods depend on it. The New York debut of scenes from the work in progress will take place April 18 and 19 at Brooklyn’s BRIC House. The program will also feature a conversation with Christopher Gruits, Executive and Artistic Director of Philadelphia’s Annenberg Center, which wraps up its series The Philadelphians: Migrations That Made Our City with a performance of Handel’s Semele by the English Concert April 16.

(Note: This article and the audio has been corrected to indicate that selections from Bermel and Walters' work-in-progress, Golden Motors, will debut in New York, not the entire work. We apologize for the error.)


Composer Derek Bermel and Librettist Wendy S. Walters.
Christopher Gruits, Executive and Artistic Director of the Annenberg Center, which wraps up its concert series The Philadelphians about the influence of immigrants on Philadelphia
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