FAMILY SECRETS: KITH&KIN

About the show

"Our village notices our village."

-Allan Gurganus

In September of 2019 soprano, Andrea Edith Moore will record Daniel Thomas Davis’s Family Secrets: Kith & Kin joining forces with 5 time Grammy award winning producer Elaine Martone, renowned opera conductor Timothy Myers and a stellar ensemble including pianist, Lisa Kaplan (Eighth Blackbird); banjoist Hank Smith (Kicking Grass Band, Blu Pop); Actress, Jane Holding, and members of Mallarme Chamber Players, at the state-of-the-art, carbon neutral Manifold Recording Studio. Scored for soprano, female narrator, violin, cello, oboe/English horn, piano and banjo, this unique instrumentation evokes a sense of the sultry south while also opening into full operatic fervor.

The concert world-premiere in 2015 spurred the work forward into a fully staged version by director Francesca Talenti to sold-out audiences with North Carolina Opera in 2018. As a Lab fellow at the 2018 Eighth Blackbird Creative Lab, Andrea further grew the piece with the encouragement of Lab director, Elaine Martone. A recording of the work is the next step to preserving and prolonging the life of this piece.

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American composer, Daniel Thomas Davis’s haunting and humorous work Family Secrets: Kith & Kin —Part Chamber Opera – Part Song Cycle– fuses texts of seven internationally renowned authors Frances Mayes (Under the Tuscan Sun), Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), Allan Gurganus (Oldest Confederate Widow Tells All),  Lee Smith (Guests on Earth), Randall Kenan (Let the Dead Bury Their Dead), Michael Malone (Handling Sin) and Jeffery Beam (Gospel Earth). This series of interconnected dramatic portraits explores and reveals secrets through the rooms, houses  and scenes set in a small town that tell of murder, gossip, humor, regret, solace and ultimately…forgiveness. 

Andrea Edith Moore commissioned this piece with the specific goal of bringing her musical community together with writers and artists of the New South. The impact and response have touched a deep, positive nerve.“The… evocative texts moved me to recall memories I didn’t know I had.” (Classical Voice of NC).

While Family Secrets Kith & Kin evokes a sense of southern place, it also paints a picture of “Any Town, USA”  as Allan Gurganus posits “Everything the world does wrong, everything the world does best is found right here… Can’t we each be saved from our worst selves?”

This recording of Family Secrets: Kith & Kin is supported by the Orange County Arts Commission and by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.