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PROTESTRA orchestra concert Muslim Ban Protest


PROTESTRA (protest + orchestra) bridges the divide between advocacy and classical music through grassroots orchestral benefit concerts.

Our new vision for classical music prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, representation, and accessibility.

PROTESTRA orchestra concert Muslim Ban Protest


First assembled in 2017 and formally incorporated in 2020, PROTESTRA is a volunteer-run orchestra and 501(c)(3) organization. PROTESTRA’s grassroots orchestral benefit concerts inspire activism by contextualizing classical music performance through multimedia education, and turn voluntary audience donations into targeted support for mission- and policy-driven groups related to the concerts’ themes. PROTESTRA prioritizes diversity, equity, inclusion, representation, and accessibility in both its hiring and programming practices. Additionally, PROTESTRA maintains a robust social media presence, creating and sharing original content and resources with 8,000+ followers across multiple platforms.




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PROTESTRA is partnering with director Jennifer Williams to bring her latest devised opera, Dis/Inform, to life at OPERA America's National Opera Center on May 17, 2024. The performance will be an immersive experience with visual art installations by Jungah Han.

Dis/Inform is a devised opera about the global disinformation crisis told through an intimate, human perspective. Devised music is a collaborative compositional process in which an ensemble of devising artists generates a performance through structured improvisation. 

5.17.24 @ 5:00 PM
Marc A. Scorca Hall - OPERA America
330 7th Ave 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001

Live from New York: Michelle Rofrano

Article by Jonathan Shia for Cero Magazine
Photography by Maru Teppei

"This past February, on a clear but chilly Sunday, guests with tickets to Protestra's latest concert received an urgent email just hours before showtime with a schedule and venue change. Frozen pipes had flooded the original location, leaving Michelle Rofrano, the orchestra’s founder and music director, barely enough time to secure a new spot to present the program of Barber, Tchaikovsky, and a recent work by the Métis composer Karen Sunabacka to raise awareness around mental health."

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