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Jonathan Green, Chair of the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project Joins Strategic Partners for The Requiem for Rice
Gaillard Center Martha and John Rivers Performance Hall
The Requiem for Rice, is a lamentation for the repose of the souls of the dead who were enslaved, exploited, and brutalized on Lowcountry South Carolina and Georgia’s rice plantations and who remain unburied, unmourned, and unmarked. It is a modern take on a classic requiem performed by a full symphony orchestra and choir. An African and African-American inspired take on a classic requiem, it also features classic West African dance, drumming, and singing. The lamentation ends in celebration, laying to rest once and for all, the shackles of shame, blame, guilt, and denial that pervade this painful period in European, African, American, and African-American history. The Requiem ends in celebration of enslaved African ancestors’ lives, ingenuity, labor, and sacrifice for generations unborn and unseen, reclamation of our history and culture, and reconciliation among people of African descent, Africans, Americans, and Europeans. The Requiem for Rice is a collaboration between The Lowcountry Rice Culture Forum sponsored by the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project and its Strategic Partners · Executive Producer, Jonathan Green, world renowned artist and founder and President of the Lowcountry Rice Culture Project · Producer and Librettist (author of the libretto on which The Requiem is based), Dr. Edda L. Fields-Black, Associate Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA), Department of History and author of Deep Roots: Rice Farmers in West Africa and the African Diaspora (Indiana, 2008) and Wade in the Water: A Journey from Western Africa to Gullah Geechee (in progress) and co-author of Rice: Global Networks and New Histories with Francesca Bray, Peter Coclanis, and Dagmar Schaeffer (Cambridge, in press). Fields-Black is a direct descendant Africans enslaved on three rice plantations (Colleton County, SC), Cockfield, Smithfield, the location of Alice Huger Ravenel Smith’s gorgeous and nostalgic watercolors, and Myrtle Grove, which was owned by the largest slave holder in the US. · Composer, Dr. Trevor Weston, Associate Professor, Drew University (Madison, NJ), Department of Music whose recent works are: “Messages for Chamber Ensemble” (Chamber Music Charleston), “4: a musical drama in response to the 4 girls killed in Birmingham AL in 1963” (Trilogy, An Opera Company in Newark, NJ), “The People Could Fly” based on the African-American folktale of enslaved people who flew away to freedom (Starling Chamber Orchestra in Cincinnati, OH), “Verve Music” (Charleston Chamber Players), “Three Moods” (Charleston Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Players), “Ashes” (Carolina Chamber Chorale, Charleston), “In the Giving,” “O come, o come Emmanuel,” “The Greatest Gift,” and “Christmas is Jesus Christ” (Charleston Symphony Orchestra Gospel Choir), and “Here’s to Life” and “Why Should I Care” (Lee Pringle/Charleston Orchestra Pops)
Internationally Acclaimed Artist, Jonathan Green Is Guest Speaker
Halls Chop House - 434 KING STREET, CHARLESTON, SC
Jonathan Green is keynote speaker for "Breaking Ground" to be held at the Charleston Museum Auditorium, 360 Meeting Street - Charleston, SC
JANUARY 29 AND 30, 2016 BUILDING BRIDGES AND BREAKING GROUND is a symposium featuring new research from nationally recognized scholars on the material culture of the Lowcountry. Be among the first to glean insight into a variety of cutting edge research topics related to archeology, social history, and fine and decorative arts.
Jonathan Green costume design sketches of Porgy and Bess opera for Spoleto 2016 for sale - One day only - December 11, 2015 - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Original Design Sketches From Spoleto Festival Usa's 2016 Production of Porgy and Bess by Artist Jonathan Green. This Is a Rare Opportunity to Own a Piece of This Historically Significiant Production. A Portion of the Proceeds Will Go to Spoleto Festival Usa for Porgy and Bess 208 Coming Street - Charleston, Sc -open to the General Public.
Painting of "Corene" by Jonathan Green Is Featured in Exhibition - "Eye of Opulance" Charleston Through the Lens of the Rivers Collection
The Eye of Opulance Exhibition Opens Saturday, November 21, 2015 and Runs through Sunday January 10, 2016.
Rice: Paintings by Jonathan Green - Myrtle Beach Musuem of Art - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - November 29, 2015 - January 7, 2015
South Carolina artist Jonathan Green presents us with a collection of drawings and paintings representative of the Lowcountry rice culture. The works were created as a proud example of America's African descendants, whose agricultural knowledge and skill propelled South Carolina's colonial plantation economy into one dominantly sustained by rice production. With bright, bold colors and patterns, sweeping landscapes, billowing clothing and joyful figures toiling in Lowcountry rice fields, Green's perspective of the historical past poses the question: "What if African people came here like everyone else - unchained, unenslaved?" Rice will bring to life the pride Green feels for his Gullah ancestors, who despite the tough work and often perilous conditions of tideland rice cultivation, survived, thrived and created the rich and vibrant Gullah culture unique to our coast.
Jonathan Green Original Fine Art Prints on Exhibition at the Arthur Rose Musuem of Art at Claflin Uniersity - Sept 1 Through October 2, 2015
400 Magnoia Street - Orangeburg, Sc 29115 This Unique Exhibition Includeds the Complete Collection of 19 Fine Art Prints by Jonathan Green
The Vibrant Vision Selection of African Diaspora Art From the Collection of Jonathan Green and Richard Weedman Is on Exhibtion Through the San Deigo African American Musuem of Arts Located at the Dontown Art Galery San Diego State University
725 West Broadway - Sand Diego, CA 92101 This highly esteemed selection of art works was Curated by Gaidi Finnie - Contact (619) 253-8499 The exhibition runs from August 14, 2015 through October 18, 2015.
Jonathan Green Receives the Pat Conroy Palmetto Achievement Civitas Award From the Beauford Regional Chamber of Commerce, Beaufort, South Carolina
This Award Is the Most Prestigious Honor Bestowed by the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. It Recognizes Individuals Who Have Made a Significant Impact on the Beaufort Community and Lowcountry Region. Only One Person Is Chosen Annually for the Pat Conroy Palmetto Achievement Award.