6660 Manasota Key Road
“Sounding the Deep: Words and Music Inspired by Nature”
with Hermitage Fellows Jessica Huang and Scott Lee
Presented in partnership with Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast
Scott Lee’s Hermitage Residency generously sponsored by Steve and Dale Adler
Friday, May 6 at 6:30pm
Hermitage Beach (entrance at 6660 Manasota Key Road, Englewood, Florida 34223)
Registration is required. $5 per person.
Award-winning playwright Jessica Huang, whose theatrical work explores the prospect of a future impacted by the world’s changing climate shares selections of her latest work surrounded by the fragile beauty of Florida’s coastline. Contemporary classical composer Scott Lee grew up exploring that coastline near Weedon Island – a magical and mysterious place that has helped to inspire his latest album, Through the Mangrove Tunnels. Listen to selections of Lee’s music as he shares stories about the environment that inspired it.
Hermitage Fellow Jessica Huang is a playwright based in New York, originally from Minnesota. In addition to her Hermitage Fellowship, Huang is the inaugural recipient of the 4 Seasons Residency; the 2019 resident playwright at Chance Theater; a 2018 MacDowell Fellow; and a three-time Playwrights’ Center Fellow. Her work includes The Paper Dreams of Harry Chin (2018 Barry and Bernice Stavis Award, 2017 Kilroy’s List), Mother of Exiles (2020 Rosa Parks Playwriting Award, 2020 Paul Stephen Lim Playwriting Award, 2020 Kendeda Prize Finalist), Transmissions in Advance of the Second Great Dying, and Purple Cloud. She has commissions with Manhattan Theater Club, TimeLine Theater Company, Audible, Theater Masters, History Theater, and Theater Mu. She is a graduate of the Playwrights Program at Juilliard.
Contemporary classical composer and Hermitage Fellow Scott Lee writes concert music infused with the visceral sounds of popular music. Lee has worked with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, Portland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony in C, the JACK Quartet, yMusic, Da Capo Chamber Players, Deviant Septet, chatterbird, ShoutHouse, and pop artist Ben Folds. Recent commissions include the Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, loadbang, Baltimore Classical Guitar Society, and the Raleigh Civic Symphony. Active as a music educator, Lee is Assistant Professor of Composition at the University of Florida School of Music. Lee earned a PhD in Composition at Duke University, mentored by Scott Lindroth and Steve Jaffe. Lee also holds degrees from the Peabody Institute and Vanderbilt University.