A string of cymbals reverberated through Firehouse 12, spreading a euphoric haze over the room. It began with a crescendo, rising softly into a boom! Beneath them, drums tap-tapped like raindrops and thunder during a heavy storm. The audience may have been inside, but suddenly the air was alive and electric.
Zaneta and Aaron Nicholson.
Yale College sophomore Amelia Lee. Abiba Biao Photos.
Soferet Stephanie Breitsman. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Alyssa Marie Cajigas Rivera Ortiz, development coordinator at the Center and Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the Children of Marsha P. Johnson. Musician, organizer and fellow CMPJ Co-Director Erycka Ortiz is to her right. Lucy Gellman Photos.
Top: Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School juniors Giada Thomas, Willie Smokes, and Aniannalis Rivas. Bottom: Lugo's strings students in their first performance of the year. Lucy Gellman Photos.