"There is a commonality between nature and humanity -- we both exist in a living history. A history that is constantly being shifted, made and remade. The perspective from which
“There is a commonality between nature and humanity — we both exist in a living history. A history that is constantly being shifted, made and remade. The perspective from which we look informs the lessons we glean and the future we build.”
Come enjoy a unique concert inside the beautiful Botswana Wildlife Hall at the Museum. Living History is a first-of-its kind event that will feature a concert of a classical masterwork and a concert reading of a new stage musical from a Denver Center Playwright Fellow,.
In partnership with Groupmuse and DMNS, this “Massivemuse” multi-disciplinary concert will explore through music and theatre how human and natural history are constantly reshaped. The event is the brainchild of award-winning writer, thinker and creative polymath Brenton Weyi. Weyi is an inaugural member of the Playwrights’ Group (a new yearlong playwriting fellowship announced this year) at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, a TEDx organizer, storytelling Grandslam champion, and first-generation citizen.
The first part of the evening will feature a classical performance of two Sonatas from 18th Century composer Chevalier de Saint-Georges — an Afro-European virtuoso who was a rival of Mozart (and shared his patrons).
His riveting story has been largely forgotten, but it will be revived with a special performance by Stephen Brackett of the Flobots to introduce the music.
The second part of the evening will feature a 75 min concert presentation of Weyi’s musical-in-development My Country, My Country, a celebrated piece on the true story of Congolese independence during the Cold War and the Western-led Cold War assassination of one of the greatest politicians in African History: Patrice Lumumba. The musical will feature 12 actor-vocalists and an ensemble band of 5 musicians.
In total, there will be 20 performers involved in the evening.
Finally, the museum will present African zoological and cultural artifacts rarely shared with the public for attendees to interact with, and there will be other activities to engage with the theme. There will be TWO performance times for this event. 5:30pm and 8pm.
The evening will be Bring-Your-Own-Floor-Blanket or Seat-Cushion because all Groupmuse events encourage a community feel by getting cozy on the floor. There will also be a cash bar.
Don’t miss an evening of community, connection and a one-night-only experience. Join us for a night dedicated to living history — and bring your own.
This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Denver Music Advancement Fund through Denver Arts & Venues and through generous support from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
More info on My Country, My Country
Filled with infectious music and poignant truth, My Country, My Country was first showcased at the Denver Art Museum to rave reception in 2018, was a semi-finalist for the prestigious O’Neill National Music Theatre Workshop and a recipient of generous grants from the Denver Foundation and several other organizations.
“Many don’t know that the largest refugee population in CO is Congolese or that we couldn’t have created an atomic bomb without Congo’s uranium or that Kinshasa is the 10th biggest city in the world. It’s my intention to erase any barriers between an audience and this story. This musical tells the origin story of how these issues of resource conflict and displacement even began, and how our country is intrinsically tied into the stories of so many other nations. and does so in a way that’s human, and purposefully highly entertaining. I believe that looking at this period 60 years ago can give us a richer understanding of our world today, and ultimately – ourselves.” — Brenton Weyi
(Thursday) 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm