Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story Screening Share

Due to inclement weather, tonight’s scheduled screening of The Ring of Fire at the Missouri History Museum has been cancelled, with the intent to reschedule the program for May or June. There are still three remaining public events featuring Terence Blanchard this weekend!

Thursday, February 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Missouri History Museum

The documentary Ring of Fire: The Emile Griffith Story traces the story of the life of Emile Griffith, the subject of the opera Champion. One of the final moments in the documentary, the meeting between Emile and the son of his opponent Benny “The Kid” Paret, is dramatized in Champion as the culmination of Emile’s journey towards forgiveness. After the documentary, Terence Blanchard will lead a Q&A discussion with the audience about Emile’s life and the process of translating it into the form of an opera.

Screening is sponsored by The Vital Voice.

Free and open to the general public, no RSVP required. Check out the event on Facebook.


Guest Bio:terence-blanchard-headshot

Terence Blanchard
World-renowned jazz musican and trumpet player Terence Blanchard is known for his work as a composer of hauntingly beautiful jazz pieces for small ensembles, symphonic settings, film, and stage. He has received five Grammy Awards, including the 2007 Large Ensemble Grammy for A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Most recently for film, he wrote the score to Lucasfilm’s Red Tails, which chronicled the story of the Tuskegee pilots and starred Cuba Gooding, Jr. His music was also recently represented on Broadway with the score to Emily Mann’s new production of A Streetcar Named Desire, starring Blair Underwood.