MWPAI offers The Met: Live ‘Fire Shut Up in My Bones’


UTICA — The highly acclaimed Metropolitan Opera’s first staged work by a black composer, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” will be presented by the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute The Met: Live in HD series 12:55 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, in the Sinnott Family - Bank of Utica Auditorium.

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Grammy Award-winning jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard’s adaptation of Charles M. Blow’s moving memoir.

Tickets for this performance are $26, $22 for members, and $15 for students. Tickets are available at 315-797-0055, 800-754-0797, or

Attendance will require proof of full vaccination, or for those not vaccinated, a negative test result from either an antigen-type test prior to six hours of entry or a PCR-type test prior to 72 hours of entry to the event. Ticket holders will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative test result for entry.

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The opera takes audiences on a profound, often painful, musical and dramatic journey. To tell this story, Blanchard conjures a sound world that weaves together jazz and gospel idioms, probing and incisive melodies, and an intricate orchestral palette.

The opera’s libretto by filmmaker Kasi Lemmons tells a poignant and profound story about a young man’s journey to overcome a life of trauma and hardship. James Robinson and Camille A. Brown co-direct this new staging. Brown, who is also the production’s choreographer, becomes the first Black director to create a mainstage Met production. Baritone Will Liverman, one of opera’s most exciting young artists, stars as Charles. “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” addresses adult themes and contains some adult language.

The Met: Live in HD series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, the Neubauer Family Foundation. Digital support of The Met: Live in HD is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The Met: Live in HD series is supported by Rolex. The HD Broadcasts  are supported by Toll Brothers, America’s luxury home builder®. Local Sponsor: Elizabeth R. Lemieux, Ph.D.


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