News > Denyce Graves and Opera Charleston featured at MOJA Arts Festival

Opera Charleston has a very special performance that is part of the MOJA Arts Festival.  The incredibly gifted Denyce Graves will open their 2012-2013 season with at recital at Dock Street Theatre on Sunday, September 30 at 7 pm.

MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts here in Charleston. The festival is jam packed with fun events that highlight the visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theatre, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food, and much more. The majority of events are free (yipee!) or are offered at very low prices.  September 27 – October 7, 2012.

Denyce Graves. Photo: Devon Cass

Art Mag’s Olivia Pool recently caught up with the incredible talented Graves, operatic superstar and MOJA performer, about the festival and what MOJA means to her.

Olivia: You’ve performed in major opera houses all over the world, and this past spring you performed here in Charleston as part of Opera Charleston’s first season. What did you think of the city?

Denyce Graves: Ok. Is there any one on planet earth who wouldn’t find Charleston utterly charming? It’s a beautiful city and I loved every second of being there. The kindness and warmth of the locals are the perfect addition to its allure. A fascinating city!

OP: This week you’ll be performing here again as part of the Moja Festival, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts. As an African-American woman, what does this festival mean to you?

DG: I am proud of the city of Charleston for taking time to make this recognition and to bring awareness to some of the many contributions that African-Americans & Caribbeans have made in the arts. It’s an honor and makes me so proud to be included in this showcase.

OP: You seem to care a great deal about your friends and family, and work diligently as a voice instructor. What advice do you have for young aspiring artists?

DG: I am conscientious enough not to give advice. Follow your inner voice.

Posted on September 25, 2012 by admin.

Categories: Performing Arts, Preview

Tags: Denyce Graves, Moja Arts Festival, Moja Festival, Opera Charleston

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