Sonic Libations Fundraiser @ Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe
This event is at Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe, 2927 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg
Join us for a unique fundraising event featuring noted St. Petersburg composer and performer Elizabeth A. Baker and two members of the Orlando-based Alterity Chamber Orchestra, co-founder and oboist Beatriz Ramirez-Belt, and guitarist and artistic advisor Christopher Belt. Proceeds from this special musical evening and any donations made at the event will support the upcoming SONIC ABSTRACTION at the Museum of Fine Arts on July 28, where in addition to Baker, Chicago-based composer Renée Baker and San Francisco-based composer Pamela Z. will perform and participate in a panel discussion.
Both of these events complement the exhibition Magnetic Fields: Expanding American Abstraction, 1960s to Today, on view now through August 5 at the Museum of Fine Arts. Taken together, this will be an important celebration of abstraction in multiple forms, and will allow for a multi-generational discussion between African American women practicing avant-garde composition.
$10 suggested donation; includes drink ticket
Elizabeth A. Baker eschews the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work. She refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible. Elizabeth has received recognition from press as well as scholars, for her conceptual compositions and commitment to inclusive programming. In addition to studies of her work, Elizabeth has been awarded several fellowships, grants, and residencies, in addition to sponsorships from Schoenhut Piano Company and Source Audio LLC. As a solo artist, Elizabeth represented by Aerocade Music, her first solo album on the California-based label Quadrivium released worldwide in May 2018 to rave reviews. She is founder of the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, The New Music Conflagration, Inc., author of two books, and the subject of a number of scholarly articles, thesis papers, and other academic research. In March 2018, Elizabeth retired from nonprofit arts administration to focus on her international solo career, though she remains committed to the community through workshops and public speaking engagements.
The Alterity Chamber Orchestra strives to build a more thoughtful, open, and diverse society through contemporary classical music. Comprised of seventeen members, Alterity focuses on performing the music of living composers. As stated in The New York Times, “The orchestra presents contemporary classical pieces with passion, but without the formality normally associated with classical concerts.”
Event supported in part by host Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe and The MFA Contemporaries.