Andru is playing banjo in the world-premiere stage production of Daniel Thomas Davis’ new chamber opera, Family Secrets: Kith and Kin, featuring soprano Andrea Edith Moore at the Burning Coal Theatre in Raleigh, NC, on February 15-16, 2018.
Family Secrets: Kith and Kin
by Daniel Thomas Davis
with Andrea Edith Moore and Jane Holding
Direction and Projections by Francesca Talenti
presented by North Carolina Opera
February 15 and 16th at 7:30pm
Burning Coal Theater in Raleigh, NC
Family Secrets: Kith and Kin is a new dramatic song cycle conceived and commissioned by soprano Andrea Edith Moore, composed by Daniel Thomas Davis, with new texts written by seven nationally acclaimed Southern authors: Jeffery Beam, Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, Michael Malone, Frances Mayes, Lee Smith, and Daniel Wallace. This new work for soprano, narrator and chamber ensemble includes the presence of multi-media elements from photographer Elizabeth Matheson and American Folk Art Buildings selected from the unparalleled collection of W. Steven Burke and Randy Campbell.
Every place–from grand public building to old barn, from porch to kitchen to attic to church pew or back stair— every place holds a story . . . the story of who lived here and how we spent our hours and days. Places tell us who we are, who we were, what we lived and died for. Through music, words, voice, folk art and visual imagery, Family Secrets: Kith and Kin reveals how places are resonant with beauty as well as mystery and explores how secrets, both big and small, define ourselves, our families, and a sense of place.