Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz is a groundbreaking fully-staged opera about the real-life story of Emile Griffith, a world champion boxer who killed rival Benny Paret in their 1962 title match after Paret mocked him as a closeted homosexual. Following the fight, Griffith spent the rest of his life questioning himself and a society that would accept his accidental killing of a fellow athlete, but not his sexuality. Featuring baritone Arthur Woodley, bass-baritone Kenneth Kellogg, 30-piece orchestra, chorus, dancers, elaborate staging, costumes, video projections, a jazz trio and more! Co-presented by SFJAZZ & Opera Parallèle this is a West Coast premiere.
We’ve got a pair of tickets (worth $75 each) to give away! For your chance to win, just send an email to email@example.com with the subject “Champion” that contains your full name.
From all entries we’ll randomly select a winner to receive two tickets (worth $75 per ticket.) Deadline to enter is Tuesday, Feb 16 at 9am. Winners will be notified by e-mail on Tuesday, and tickets will be held at Will Call. You must be a California resident and 18 years or older to participate. Employees of KQED are not eligible to enter.
Terence Blanchard’s Champion: An Opera in Jazz
7:30 pm, Sunday, February 21
SFJAZZ Center, 201 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102