On December 12, 2009, AOP was invited to present “Songs from the F Train” during The RFK Memorial Holiday Party at the Youth Arts Academy in Brooklyn. Distinguished guest Robert Kennedy Jr., son of the late Senator and Attorney General, had the opportunity to listen to mezzo-soprano Nicole Mitchell sing through the trio of songs. Pianist Christopher Berg accompanied the performance held at the Restoration Plaza.
Residents of Bedford Stuyvesant joined parents and children to form an audience of over 250. AOP’s performance of “Songs from the F Train” furthered Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s mission to promote the growth of arts and culture in central Brooklyn.
The first commissioned work of AOP’s I Hear America Singing, “Songs from the F Train” is a setting of poems by three Brooklyn students ages 9-12. The poems were written in a poetry workshop led by Brooklyn writer Angeli Rasbury in Fort Greene Park, and set to music by composer Gilda Lyons.