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"Here I Am": Celebrating 100 years of powerful women in history.

Also on Arizona Spotlight: How director Chanel Bragg is reinventing "The Glass Menagerie" on stage; and listen to the lyrics of non-speaking artists from the autism community on the album "Silently Loud."

Here I am potraits Unsized VIEW LARGER Portraits of important women throughout history, commissioned for Jocelyn Hagen's composition "Here I Am". The portraits are on display in the Hotel Congress art space through February, 2023.
Courtesy of Welz Kauffman

Arizona Spotlight

January 26, 2023

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Featured on the January 26th, 2023 edition of ARIZONA SPOTLIGHT with host Mark McLemore:

  • This weekend, True Concord Voices and Orchestra is premiering a work from composer Jocelyn Hagen,“Here I Am”. It is a multi-media project featuring the words and portraits of 47 different women from history, demonstrating the importance and power of finding your voice. Mark talks with composer Jocelyn Hagen and True Concord’s managing director Welz Kauffman.
Here I am unsized 2 VIEW LARGER Portraits of important women throughout history, commissioned for Jocelyn Hagen's composition "Here I Am". The portraits are on display in the Hotel Congress art space through February, 2023.
Courtesy of Welz Kauffman
Here I am unsized 1 VIEW LARGER left to right: True Concord composers-in-residence Jocelyn Hagen and Tim Takach and Marcela Molina, Artistic Director Tucson Girls Chorus.
Courtesy of Welz Kauffman

  • Meet Chanel Bragg. She is making her directorial debut this month with the Arizona Theatre Company production of “The Glass Menagerie”. Bragg talks with Arizona Spotlight assistant producer Leah Britton, and shares her perspective on why this classic play’s familial themes are open to reinvention and diversity.
Chanel Bragg unsized. VIEW LARGER Arizona Theatre Company Associate Artistic Director Chanel Bragg will make her directorial debut with "The Glass Menagerie" running Jan. 27-Feb. 11th at The Temple of Music and Art.
Glass Menagerie poster unsized VIEW LARGER The Arizona Theatre Company's production "The Glass Menagerie" directed by Chanel Bragg opens on Jan. 27th, with previews showing Jan. 25-26.
  • And, listen to music from Silently Loud, an album of songs featuring lyrics written by non-speaking artists, including two young adults from Tucson’s autism community. Mark talks with musician, poet Brian Laidlaw, the co-founder of Unrestricted Interest, a group that offers poetry and songwriting mentorships to autistic writers. Local autism advocate Amy Burnham Greiner is mom to Joshua, a 21-year old non-speaking adult. She is also the executive director of the non-profit TEVA Community. There will be a free live performance of “Silently Loud” - with two of the non-speaking poets participating in a Q&A - at The UA Poetry Center on Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 2 pm.
silently loud 3 spotlight Amy Burnham Greiner with her son, Joshua Greiner, aged 20.
Courtesy of Amy Griner
silently loud 2 unsized VIEW LARGER Joshua Greiner, who is a non-speaking poet, working on developing a song with poet & musician Brain Laidlaw.
Courtesy of Amy Griner
Brian Laidlaw spotlight Brian Laidlaw performs on stage. Laidlaw will perform songs from the album "Silently Loud" at a free concert Sunday, Jan. 29 at the UA Poetry Center.
Courtesy of Brian Laidlaw

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