Drawing on Black history, Massachusetts history, and Western classical music history, The Green Double: A Historical Dance Suite, performed by the Lowell Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Orlando Cela, is a musical expression of composer Anthony R. Green’s love of history, culture, flute music, and dancing that’s ripe with international flavor, artistic individualism, and human storytelling.
“Protest Dancing is inspired by Octavius Valentine Catto (1839 – 1871), an educator, intellectual, and civil rights activist. Having participated in protests myself, I was pleasantly surprised and comforted by the sense of community and the impromptu dancing that occurs … at least in the protests in which I was involved. I imagined Catto dancing in the midst of his activism, and used contemporary and historical musical vernaculars to draw together his world and mine.”
Anthony R. Green