VPA Music program set to host its first-ever online concert
SARASOTA COUNTY, July 2, 2020 – On Friday, July3, Booker High School’s VPA Music department will proudly present its first-ever online concert: “Glory”. The concert will be streamed on the program’s YouTube channel.
“Glory” centers on the ideas of unity and justice while contemplating the Black American experience. For the Visual and Performing Arts program at Booker High, this represents their first-ever summer concert, as well as the first time an entire music performance has been made specifically for the screen.
Director Alexander Zickafoose developed the idea for the showcase in the wake of the cancellation of all school performances and events due to COVID-19, which nixed the department’s spring concert, “War and Peace”.
“I saw my students at the protests, using their voices to make a statement on the world they’ll be inheriting, and I thought, ‘Let’s figure out a way to re-craft the initial concert to fit the ideals of not only war and peace, but also justice,’” Zickafoose said.
The setlist includes an eclectic mix of music, from Negro spirituals to John Legend’s titular piece, “Glory”, to “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” from Les Misérables, reimagined as a piece dealing with race. Songs are performed on a variety of instruments and shot in unique locations across Sarasota.
The concert is free and will start at 7:00 PM on Friday, July 3 through the following link: https://youtu.be/eNYL_3jAryU. Please note: There will be opportunities for those viewing to donate money to a local organization that supports the mission of empowering people of color in our community.