Anthem for the Ancestors

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Friday, Feb 3 - Saturday, Feb 4
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, Roser ATLAS Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Event Details

Water color of a Native American in blues, reds and purples.Two wildly different musical mediums serve as a metaphor for a collision of historical perspectives in Anthem of the Ancestors, a unique musical work composed for string quartet and Native American flute. The unusual concert program narrates the history of North America’s first people from a personal Native American perspective.

The work features Leon Joseph Littlebird, a Native American musician and storyteller; the Carpe Diem String Quartet, from the Great Lakes Performing Artists Associates; and dancers from the CU Boulder Department of Theatre & Dance.

The new composition is the work of Littlebird and CU Boulder Assistant Professor of Violin Chas Wetherbee, the quartet’s first violinist. Native American storyteller and vocalist Breana McCullough narrates the piece in her native language, that of the indigenous Karuk people of California. The production includes multimedia elements and dance, choreographed and performed by Helen Slivinski.

Leon Littlebird

Chas Wetherbee

Written & directed by Chas Wetherbee and Leon Littlebird

Production Manager Helen Slivinski

Sound Design by Chas Wetherbee, Leon Joseph Littlebird and Gary McCrumb

Lighting Design by Helen Slivinski

Photography by  Helen Slivinski


Free and open to the public