Episode 2

Published on:

19th Mar 2021

Welcome to the Mini Apple

On this week’s episode... It’s Minneapolis Day! Lee is officially a Minnesotan! He gives us his first impressions of his new city and, with the Derek Chauvin trial beginning, what it’s like to move here at this particular moment in history. Plus, Paige takes us inside what’s going on in the local Black arts scene. Then we reflect on Black History Month at Minnesota Opera, and as always we’ll send you into the weekend with a PB&J: a moment of Pure Black Joy.

Hosts: Lee Bynum, Rocky Jones, Paige Reynolds

Producer: Rocky Jones


Welcome to MPLS, Lee! - 00:53

A New Space for Black Table Arts - 19:48

Black History Month Reflections - 32:08

PB&J - 51:23


Black Table Arts: https://www.blacktablearts.com/

Alanna Morris Van-Tassel (Black Light Research): https://www.alannamvt.com/

Superhero Fitness TV: https://www.youtube.com/user/superherofitnesstv/videos

If you like what you hear, please support us and SUBSCRIBE to the show on your favorite podcast app and be sure to SHARE our show with your friends. Also leaving a 5-star REVIEW is a great way to help get the word out. For more info about the exciting EDI work happening at MN Opera, please visit mnopera.org/edi.

Listen for free

Show artwork for The Score

About the Podcast

The Score
News and commentary about opera, classical music, and pop culture seen through an antiracist and anti-oppressive lens
It's time to put opera on game! Hosts Lee Bynum, Paige Reynolds, and Rocky Jones are three Black and queer artists, pop culture aficionados, and arts administrators at Minnesota Opera, who are working every day to bring more diversity, equity, and inclusivity into opera and classical music. The Score is their provocative, thoughtful, and humorous commentary on the industry's past, present, and future, as seen through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive lens. Each episode features a variety of stories from a variety of perspectives that bring People of the Global Majority, queer, trans and nonbinary folks, and everyone else into the discussion of ownership over and access to the art form. From the opera house to the statehouse to your house, each episode will amplify the voices of those in the field who are pushing the boundaries of what opera is, who it is for, and how it can transform us and our communities. New episodes come out every other Wednesday!