Pittsburgh Performs: Sirens & Queens by Anqwenique

Live at Hotel Indigo, East Liberty, Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 7:00pm

Join Chamber Music Pittsburgh and Boom Concepts at East Liberty's Hotel Indigo  in the Wallace’s Whiskey Room + Kitchen for our Pittsburgh Performs concert Sirens & Queens, a project of vocalist Anqwenique. Soprano, Anqwenique Kinsel presents contemporary works by Black Women composers, highlighting and elevating their accomplishments in the classical music field. The project Sirens & Queens aim to explore non-sacred, obscure works that are not performed often in order to expose, educate, entertain and delight audiences in stories and musical experiences. In order to present a more accurate, contemporary narrative of the Black experience in a classical music context. Tackling issues of diversity in the field by creating and curating content that relates to marginalized communities. This project began through Anqwenique's search for classical music content that reflected her cultural experiences as a Black Woman. Ultimately leading her to find works that are captivating, musically proficient, and technically complex, although do not always appear in standard classical repertoire. Anqwenique believes that part of combatting racism in creative spaces is to challenge how arts based institutions, place value on works by artists of color. The concert begins at 7PM. Full cash bar and full restaurant menu available.

Pay what you wish! $15 suggested. Tickets required. All ages welcome. Purchase in advance from Chamber Music Pittsburgh either online or by phone at 412-624-4129. Any remaining general admission tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the door on the night of the event. Subject to availability. The box office opens at 6:30PM. Concert at 7PM. Cash bar.

About The Artist: 

Anqwenique, vocalist

Anqwenique Wingfield is an extremely versatile vocalist and teaching artist specializing in opera, classical music, jazz and soul. Anqwenique has performed lead operatic roles such as Magda Sorel in Carl Menotti’s The Consul, Hanna Glawari in Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow and Zerlina in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. Anqwenique sang the role of Francie/Frankie in the world premier of new opera Mercy Train composed by Doug Levine and libretto by Julie Tosh. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Voice Performance from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Wingfield is also the founder and director of Groove Aesthetic, a Pittsburgh based multidisciplinary artist collective experimenting with contemporary performance and collaborative processes. This work inspired collaboration with nationally acclaimed composer Daniel Bernard Roumain and literary artist Yona Harvey that produced a new work titled On the Edge of Night, a 5-movement song cycle for soprano, string trio and percussion. This work was premiered at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater and also performed at Emory University in Atlanta at the Schwartz Fine Arts Center.  In 2015 Anqwenique joined creative team Anthony Williams and Billy Wayne Coakley in the development, production and performance of new work Loving Black, serving as composer, music director and actor.

In 2015 Ms. Wingfield was recognized as one of Whirl Magazine’s 13 under 30, individuals who epitomize the evolving professional landscape in Pittsburgh, representing a variety of fields and backgrounds. Her dedication to community was featured in the Heinz Endowments’ h Magazine for her work with Gwen’s Girls. She also assisted Kelly Strayhorn Theater in their yearly fundraising campaign, sharing her story as an emerging artist in Pittsburgh. In 2014 Anqwenique was nominated for the Carol R. Brown Award as an Emerging Artist and 2013 she was recognized as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s Fab40 under 40.

Anqwenique has been very active in the arts and education community as teaching artist, consultant, program manager and advisor. She has worked passionately with youth of all ages in the greater Pittsburgh area. As the Education Director of Pittsburgh Festival Opera, she oversees early childhood programs both in schools and communities. Ms. Wingfield is Vice-President of the Board of Directors for Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse and is the Studio Manager at BOOM Concepts.

Lisa E. Harris, multimedia

Lisa E. Harris, Li, is an independent and interdisciplinary artist, creative soprano, performer, composer, improvisor, writer, singer/songwriter and educator from Houston Texas. Li's work focuses on the energetic relationships between body, land, spirit and place. Using voice, theremin, movement, meditation and new media to explore spatial awareness, relationality, panoptical surveillance and sonic profiling, she maintains a focused concentration on healing in performance and living. She is the founder and creative director of Studio Enertia, an arts collective with Pittsburgh creator Alisha B. Wormsley. Studio Enertia is currently producing Harris’s 10 year durational work, “Cry of the Third Eye, a new opera film in Three Acts” that archives the effects of gentrification on her Houston neighborhood. Li recently created and curated Houston’s inaugural Free Time Flow Festival at MacGregor Park, celebrating the intersections of basketball, electro-acoustic music and improvisational performance. Li can be heard as the lead singer with Jason Moran's Fats Waller Dance Party. Recent engagements include 'The Force of Things- an Opera for Objects' by Ashley Fure, 'The Nubian Word for Flowers- a phantom Opera' by Pauline Oliveros and IONE, and 'Earthseed', a co-composition commission with Nicole M. Mitchell for Chicago's Art Institute. She is currently on a solo tour that includes acclaimed performance experiences at Moogfest 2019 and Marfa Myths 2019.