Gasser's Repast is an oratorio based on the life of the Mississippi civil rights figure Booker Wright with a libretto by PEN/Faulkner Award-winner Kevin Young. Booker Wright was a black waiter at Lusco’s, an all-white restaurant in Greenwood, Mississippi, who heroically spoke truth to power during a 1965 interview with NBC News. The oratorio tells his story of struggle and hope for the future during the height of the Civil Rights movement.
Watch Nolan Gasser's Repast in its entirety with Justin Hopkins:
After the two premieres, he flies to the opposite coast for a more traditional program of works by Brahms, Handel, Verdi, Rachmaninoff and African-American art songs and spirituals. The April 9th performance will be at the Berkeley Piano Club and tickets are available online.
From May 14-22 he'll return to the opera stage to perform the East-coast premier of Franco Faccio's Amleto at Opera Delaware.