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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

July 1 @ 7:00 pm

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Locally rooted musical collective Floating Tower, working with Berkshire artist Joe Wheaton, fills The Adams Theater with a unique tribute to the people of Ukraine.
Photo by Asia Mieleszko

Locally rooted musical collective Floating Tower, working with Berkshire artist Joe Wheaton, will fill The Adams Theater with a unique tribute to the people of Ukraine.

With an immersive installation that will transform the theater into an ancient Ukranian forest, ‘Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors: An Immersive Musical Homage to the Spirit of Ukraine’ centers around a classic Ukrainian art film of the same name. Using the film as a starting point, composer Mátti Kovler has brought together Ukrainian musicians and the artists in Floating Tower, all who have their own immigration and refugee stories.

It’s a production that pushes the boundaries of traditional musical performance while exploring what a group of talented, multicultural musicians have created, using traditional Ukrainian folk music as source material. Local students and choral performers have also been called on to participate.

Locally rooted musical collective Floating Tower, working with Berkshire artist Joe Wheaton, fills The Adams Theater with a unique tribute to the people of Ukraine. Press photo courtesy of the artists
Photo by Asia Mieleszko

Locally rooted musical collective Floating Tower, working with Berkshire artist Joe Wheaton, fills The Adams Theater with a unique tribute to the people of Ukraine. Press photo courtesy of the artists

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Proceeds from the show will be donated to benefit Razom for Ukraine, an organization supplying aid to vulnerable communities in Ukraine. Community members will be able to explore the sights and sounds during the performance, and seating will also be available.

Floating Tower’s mission is to create music and theater experiences that transcend the boundaries of language, geography or genre. The company’s core collective comprises immigrant and refugee actors and musicians based in the U.S. They also operate an artist retreat in North Adams, where they workshop immersive performances and host immigrant and refugee musicians for artist residencies.

Composer Mátti Kovler was born in Moscow, raised in Jerusalem, and is now based in Brooklyn and North Adams. A former Tanglewood fellow who wrote his first opera at age 17, Kovler has mastered a range of styles from folk and jazz to those steeped in the classical tradition, and brings these together in works of considerable dramatic scope, by turns comic, mystical, warm and searing.

Kovler’s eclectic output, from children’s musicals to contemporary opera and symphonic work, has been compared to that of Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill and Alfred Schnittke. No matter the medium — from concert works to immersive music theatre — his work is characterized by a synthesis of styles stemming from a sense of musical wonderment and ravenous appetite for a wide swath of influences.

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July 1
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7:00 pm
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Adams Theater
27 Park St.
Adams, MA
888-401-5022

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