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Aug 29, 2018

Chamber choir First Inversion with conductor Lee Wright
Credit Gerry Szymanski

It depends on your point of view.

An upcoming Fringe Festival performance by Rochester chamber choir First Inversion is embroiled in unexpected controversy after recent social media posts slammed the event for offering African-American spirituals sung by a nearly all-white choir. (Disclaimer: the writer of this post is a member of the ensemble.)

Conductor Lee Wright will host a community dialogue from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, August 30, at Danforth Community Center, 200 West Avenue. Afterward, Wright and representatives of the Lyric Theatre will decide whether the show will happen.

Read more in this summation of the debate from City Newspaper writer Amanda Chestnut.

Note: Lee Wright and First Inversion are scheduled to appear on WXXI's Backstage Pass with Julia Figueras.