ChamberQUEER Pride Festival

Part of The Future Is… Festival

Friday, June 10, 6pm Doors / 7pm Show

Sunday, June 12, 5pm Doors / 6pm Show

$25 in Advance, $29 Day of Show

ChamberQUEER is a multifaceted organization with the mission of highlighting historically underrepresented queer figures in western classical music and providing an intersectionally inclusive space within western classical music for artists and audience. ChamberQUEER 2022 opens their two-show engagement at National Sawdust on June 10 by drawing centuries of music into conversation – juxtaposing boundary-breaking Renaissance nuns with the voices of three fantastic emerging composers drawn from our 2020 Call for Scores: Connor D’NettoAlexis Lamb, and Rosśa Crean. The concert weaves these musical worlds together through reflective improvisations that converse with multifaceted experiences of queerness across the centuries. Confirmed performers for June 10 include violinist Mazz Swift and baritone vocalist Lucas Bouk alongside the core ChamberQUEER ensemble of Jules BiberDanielle BuonaiutoBrian Mummert and Andrew Yee.

The June 12 performance highlights Gay Guerrilla by iconoclastic queer composer Julius Eastman, in a new arrangement for string septet by Jessie Montgomery, and featuring the arranger on violin. Curated in partnership with Eastman scholar Isaac Jean-François, the event paints an image of Eastman’s New York City, both with a new film by Ashanti Soldier and Kham Owens, and through works of Eastman’s colleagues and contemporaries, including Tania León and Talib Rasul Hakim. The program traces lines to queer modernism of the earlier 20th century, including Benjamin Britten’s Les Illuminations, to the poetry of the visionary Arthur Rimbaud. Confirmed performers for June 12 include Montgomery and soprano vocalist Melissa Wimbish alongside the core ChamberQUEER ensemble of Biber, Buonaiuto, Mummert and Yee. These performances will also be available as free livestreams.

Major institutional support for The Future Is… 2021-22 season at National Sawdust is provided by private support from the Howard Gilman Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation, Alphadyne Foundation, Art Mentor Foundation, Citi, and Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust and with public support from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council in addition to significant leadership support from the National Sawdust Board of Directors. National Sawdust is a proud Meyer Sound Experience partner.

Paola Prestini is the Kris Sebastian & Alberto Cribiore Artistic Director Chair for National Sawdust’s Seasons 7 (2021-22 ) & 8 (2022-23).

These concerts are supported by Chamber Music America’s Artistic Projects program, funded through the generosity of The Howard Gilman Foundation. ChamberQUEER is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

National Sawdust In-person COVID-19 Policy

We welcome you back to National Sawdust! We’re excited to host you in our performance home in Williamsburg, Brooklyn but remain vigilant and aware about the ongoing need for greater caution and safety during these difficult times. We ask that all staff, artists, and audiences entering National Sawdust’s performance home are prepared to show proof of full vaccination and wear KF94, N95, or KN95 masks while on the premises. Complete details on National Sawdust’s COVID pandemic protocols and updates to these policies are available online here.

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