“Porgy and Bess” in Attica Correctional Facility

Posted on: August 2, 2017

“For the third summer in a row, artists from the Glimmerglass Festival had left their bucolic home in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Tuesday morning, driving three and a half hours across the state to perform for inmates and guards in an auditorium that doubles as a chapel and a steel-tabled mess hall,” writes Michael Cooper in last Friday’s (7/28) New York Times. Vocalists, a pianist, and Glimmerglass Artistic and General Director Francesca Zambello presented excerpts from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at Attica Correctional Facility in upstate New York. “Jailhouse performance may be most closely associated in the popular imagination with the live-in-prison country recordings of Johnny Cash, but the classical music world has increasingly reached out to audiences behind bars. For nine years, Carnegie Hall officials have traveled up the river to work with inmates at Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, N.Y., taking the star mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato more than once. Riccardo Muti, the music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, regularly leads performances for incarcerated youth. Even the fictional classical scene has taken note: The Amazon series ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ filmed an episode about a concert on Rikers Island.”

Posted August 2, 2017