Gerry Hemingway likes Greek tragedy

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At least we think so. We found him taking pictures outside the Cistern of the stage on which the Nottingham Playhouse will present The Burial at Thebes. What we're certain of is Hemingway's love and devotion to new music. This festival season, much of that new music is by his old friend Anthony Davis.

Gerry Hemingway and Davis, the composer of Amistad, go back a long way. They met when Hemingway was very young, 17, and open to just about any kind of music, however "out" or avant-garde it might be. Which was perfect for Davis, who interests and sensibilities have been far-reaching throughout his entire career, a fact made plain at a Music in Time performance featuring Davis' chamber work.

Hemingway was a featured performer that day and will be a key component in the orchestra for the entire run of Amistad. Among its other densities, Amistad is also incredibly dense metrically and requires the knowledge, skill, and chemistry of a good friend. Hemingway also performs a solo show on June 6.

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