Watch A Gathering of Sons on WQED TV

Tune in to local PBS affiliate WQED for the broadcast premiere of the acclaimed A Gathering of Sons, on Sunday 1 July at 8:00 pm.

A Gathering of Sons, with music by Dwayne Fulton to a libretto by Tameka Cage Conley, and directed by Mark Clayton Southers, premiered in June 2017 at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church. The opera takes us on a journey through the lives of a young Black man, a White police officer, parents of a newborn child, and a collection of spirits who watch over the world.

The work toured to a number of Pittsburgh venues, followed by performances in the Falk Auditorium at Winchester Thurston School, as part of Pittsburgh Festival Opera’s Music that Matters series. The final performance was filmed and will air on WQED-TV July 1st at 8:00 pm.


Pittsburgh Festival Opera

Intimate opera theater. Pittsburgh Festival Opera presents innovative opera, producing American works, reinterpretations of older works, and new works, for the widest possible audience. The company focuses on diversity in programming and casting, on crossing boundaries and bringing together talents from all the arts, on encouraging new talent, and on broadening audiences through outreach and education, to create a body of work that is original, entertaining, contemporary and relevant.

Pittsburgh Festival Opera brings the power of world-class performances to humanize, energize and re-define opera as an experience that is up-close and personal, approachable, and relevant to today’s audiences. We break boundaries in the arts, bringing together audiences and artists of all backgrounds to engage in experiences that inspire and enthrall.

Our primary Summer Season occurs in June and July each year, but we also present a number of other events throughout the year. Our education programs engage pre-K, elementary and middle school, and emerging professional singers to emphasize the joy of telling stories through music.


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