Doors open at 7:30 pm
Gentrification in Portland and the city’s redlining past go under the microscope in Darrell Grant’s jazz opera, Sanctuaries, a new work commissioned and produced by Third Angle New Music. This world premiere, site-specific opera is composed by critically acclaimed jazz pianist Darrell Grant (who ‘Gramophone’ has called “a composer of substance”), with libretto by two-time National Poetry Slam Individual Champion and Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani Anis Mojgani and stage direction by LA-based opera director Alexander Gedeon. Blending elements of jazz, spoken word, and devised theater, Sanctuaries speaks to the experience of displaced residents of color in Portland’s historically Black Albina district. Originally set to premiere in April of 2020, Sanctuaries will now debut at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Pavilion on September 7th, with two additional performances on September 8th and 9th, all beginning at 8:30 pm.