Join Dixie Treichel & John Townsend on Fresh Fruit Thursday, February 20th from 7pm to 8pm
Guests: Nhojj and Rob Ainsley
Nhojj is a Caribbean born, openly gay, award-winning singer/songwriter currently based in New York. He has been expressing his sexuality through his music for almost a decade. On his new CD, “Made to Love Him - Celebrating Love.” Nhojj performs same-sex renditions of classic love songs spanning 10 decades.
“We’re bombarded with messages that tell us we are not normal. I need ways to combat these sometimes subtle, but no less damaging attacks on my identity. Songs have always been a powerful champion for change. I am very grateful to be living in a time when “Made To Love Him” could be released and even celebrated”. Nhojj
The the album highlights a small group that smoothly blends jazz, r & b, and reggae and features standards written by such greats as George and Ira Gershwin, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Beyonce, Harold Arlen and E.Y Harburg, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Billy Joel, India.Arie and Nhojj himself.
Rob Ainsley, Head of Music, MN Opera
The Dream of Valentino
Dominick Argento, music and Charles Nolte, libretto
A sultry young dancer is transformed from an unknown immigrant into a silent film sensation. His stardom blazes across the silver screen but is quickly consumed by the same forces that ignited it. Seduction and scandal swirl in Dominick Argento’s tango-tinged opera about 1920's film star Rudolph Valentino, an artist discovered and destroyed by Hollywood.
Minnesota Opera, March 1-9, 2014