Upcoming ‘Greenwood Overcomes’ Tulsa Opera program to commemorate Race Massacre centennial

TULSA, Okla. — An upcoming Tulsa Opera show will highlight the work of Black artists and composers while commemorating the centennial of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre.

“Greenwood Overcomes,” will feature a program made by 23 living Black composers and performed by eight Black artists.

The opera will be based around four main characters who were residents of the Greenwood District at the time of the massacre. It will be performed against a mural backdrop by Tulsa graffiti artist Chris “Sker” Rogers commissioned by Tulsa Opera.

The performances will be held Saturday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 2 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.

The Saturday performance will be streamed live for free on the Tulsa Opera website here.

The opera is partnering with community organizations and churches to get free tickets to underserved communities. The audience size for live concerts is expected to be socially distanced in accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Tickets will be $35 for orchestra seating, $25 for mezzanine seating and $10 for balcony seating. For tickets, call the Tulsa Opera ticket office at (918) 582-3133, the Tulsa PAC at (918) 596-7111, or buy online here.

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