“Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: More Than Music”

March 14, 2024 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower
5851 Nathan Benderson Circle
Sarasota, FL
"Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: More Than Music" @ Nathan Benderson Park Finish Tower

“Hermitage Sunsets @ NBP: More Than Music”
with 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize Finalist Etienne Charles
and Hermitage Fellow Kamala Sankaram

Presented in partnership with Nathan Benderson Park Conservancy

Etienne Charles’ Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Terry Brackett.

Kamala Sankaram’s Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Ellen Berman & Roy Cohen.

Thursday, March 14 at 6:30pm

Nathan Benderson Park Family Finish Tower (entrance at 5851 Nathan Benderson Circle, Sarasota, FL, 34235 )

Register here.
Registration is required. $5 per person.

Returning Hermitage alumna Kamala Sankaram and 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize finalist and Guggenheim Fellow Etienne Charles know that music is more than simply sound. Their work embodies the people and places of the world, fusing time and place, different cultures, and varied musical styles. The NY Times describes Etienne Charles as having a “magnetic sound on trumpet — clear and mellifluous, with a deep sense of economy,” as well as “a composer to be reckoned with” and Kamala Sankaram is “one of the most exciting opera composers in the country,” according to The Washington Post. Join these two masterful artists to discover how their work is more than beautiful music; it’s also an experience that can make you feel the rhythm as quickly as it makes you think.

Trinidad-born Etienne Charles, a Guggenheim Fellow and a finalist for the 2022 Hermitage Greenfield Prize in music, is a performer, composer, and storyteller who is constantly searching for untold tales and sounds with which to tell them. Highlighting marginalized communities and engaging with them has been his mission, evident with projects such as his Guggenheim Fellowship Project, Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1, San Jose Suite, Creole Soul, and Folklore. His concerts engage, enlighten, educate, and enrich audiences with energized multidisciplinary performance utilizing original composition, thematic improvisation, dance, short films, and spoken word to create a holistic experience. A firm believer in music and performance as a tool for provoking thought and dialogue, Charles’ themes speak to the status quo while drawing parallels to history. As an Afro-descendant, his work is actively connecting the diaspora and drawing lines to the regions at the roots of migrations.

Praised as “one of the most exciting opera composers in the country” (The Washington Post), returning Hermitage alumna Kamala Sankaram moves freely between the worlds of experimental music and contemporary opera. Recent commissions include works for the Glimmerglass Festival (where she was the 2022 Composer-in- Residence), Washington National Opera, the Prototype Festival, and Creative Time, among others. Kamala is known for her operas fusing Indian classical music with the operatic form, including Thumbprint, A Rose, Monkey and Francine in the City of Tigers, and The Jungle Book. Also known for her work pushing the boundaries of the operatic form, recent works include The Last Stand, a 10-hour opera created for the trees of Prospect Park, Brooklyn; Looking at You, a techno-noir featuring live datamining of the audience; all decisions will be made by consensus, a short absurdist opera performed live over Zoom; and The Parksville Murders, the world’s first virtual reality opera.