Cantor Tracy Fishbein of The Temple will be the soprano soloist for the U.S. premier this month of “Codebreaker,” an oratorio by composer James McCarthy about the life and work of mathematician and cryptologist Alan Turing.
“Codebreaker” will be presented twice as part of Mapping Stars, a two-day program of works created and inspired by the LGBT community. It is presented by Intersection, a nonprofit ensemble of professional Nashville musicians, and Nashville in Harmony, a 120-voice mixed chorus of LGBT people and their allies. The event also features the Charlotte-based One Voice Chorus.
Both performances of Mapping Stars will take place in the auditorium at Nashville State Community College. One is at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 and the other at 3 p.m. on Sunday April 23. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at https://nashvilleinharmony.org/tickets.
Turing, consider by many to be the father of modern computer science, played a key role deciphering the Enigma Code and defeating the Nazis in World War II. He was also gay, and was later convicted of “gross indecency” under British laws that made homosexuality illegal. He committed suicide at the age of 41.
In addition to McCarthy’s oratorio, Mapping Stars will include a performance by electric violinist Tracy Silverman of “Seeing is Believing,” a piece by gay New York composer Nico Muhly that Silverman recently performed at Carnegie Hall.
Also on the program for each performance are Greg Gilpin’s “Why We Sing,” Scott Evan Davis’ “If the World Only Knew” and Bernice Johnson Reagon’s “Ella’s Song” among others.