Terence Blanchard becomes first black composer at the Metropolitan Opera – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNew York) – It’s a historic evening at the famous Metropolitan Opera on Monday with the first production by a black composer in its history.

Manhattan audiences see it for free, CBS2’s Cory James reported.

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People in long dresses and tuxedos gathered around the fountain outside Lincoln Center as they waited to enter to see “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” at the Met.

Performance, based on New York Times memory of columnist Charles Blow, was canceled last September because of the pandemic.

Grammy-winning musician Terence Blanchard is the first black composer in Metropolitan Opera history to see his work come to life.

“It’s amazing. The first day of rehearsal with the orchestra was quite funny because everyone was so excited that they kept playing too loud. So everyone is ready to go back to normal life form.” , Blanchard said.

It is a normality that people everywhere were delighted to find.

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“We usually go to the Philadelphia Orchestra,” said Anthony Murray of Philadelphia.

“It’s opening night and all of these people are here for us to sit there and watch and celebrate people of color. It was about time, ”said Dr. Nina Radcliff of Galloway Township, New Jersey.

While nearly 4,000 people had tickets to watch the show at Lincoln Center, hundreds were able to attend a free live broadcast of the event at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and Times Square.

“After today, I’m in the opera now,” said one person.

“Today, history is being made, right here on Broadway, Times Square,” said John Carter.

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About 1,700 people turned up to watch the performance live in Harlem.

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