USC Thornton strings department faculty member and cellist Seth Parker Woods has announced the world premiere of his multimedia concert, “Difficult Grace,” which features film, spoken text, visual artwork and original choreography by Roderick George. According to Broadway World, the performance will premiere at 92NY’s Kaufmann Concert Hall in New York City on Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
“Difficult Grace” is a semi-biographical exploration of identity, past/present histories and personal growth that is inspired by the Great Migration, the “Chicago Defender” newspaper, immigration and poetry. Collaborating with Roderick George, Woods will feature as a cellist, narrator and movement artist performing music written for and with him by Frieda Abtan, Monty Adkins, Frederick Gifford, Ted Hearne, Nathalie Joachim, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay and Devonté Hynes. Visual artwork by Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Earl Thomas, Zoe McLean and Frieda Abtan.