This weekend, composer Alvin Singleton will premiere “Brooklyn Bones,” a choral and orchestral piece written exclusively for the 100th anniversary of the 1908 dedication of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument – one of the most important and sacred memorials in our country. The majestic, Stanford White-designed Prison Ship Martyrs Monument which stands in the heart of Fort Greene Park in Fort Greene, Brooklyn (home of American Opera Projects) honors over 11,500 Prisoners of War who perished for the cause of freedom aboard British prison ships during the American Revolutionary War of Independence. Remains of the Prison Ship Martyrs are interred in a crypt beneath the Monument.
On Saturday, November 15th, after a full day of free family events in Fort Greene Park celebrating the anniversary, a Reception and Benefit for the Fort Greene Park Conservancy will be held in the lobby of nearby Brooklyn Tech High School, with food and entertainment, followed by the 7:30 PM premier performance of Singleton’s “Brooklyn Bones.” The Brooklyn Tech Reception and Benefit is open to the public with a $25 per person donation to the Conservancy.
AOP sponsored an afternoon of educational outreach with Mr. Singleton last month when he visited music students at Brooklyn High School of the Arts to discuss his composition of the piece.