Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The African American Art Song Alliance Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule
African American Art Song Alliance 2012

The African American Art Song Alliance Conference
“Roots and Branches”

Thursday, February 9

Attendees arrive 4PM,
Crowne Plaza
17941 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine 92614
(949) 863-1999

Registration in Lobby Atrium, Crowne Plaza Hotel
Beginning 3:00PM
Welcome Reception, 5:00PM UCI Art Gallery

Welcome Concert
Africa's Varied Influence
William Chapman Nyaho and Louise Toppin in concert
WSH 7:30PM

Friday, February 10
9:00 AM
Plenary Session
Opening Remarks, Darryl Taylor
Welcome, Dean Joe S. Lewis, Claire Trevor School of the Arts
Chronology: Hansonia Caldwell, California State University, Dominguez Hills
Contemporary Leanings
Songs of Richard Thompson, Gary Powell Nash, and Adolphus Hailstork
Dream Variations, Richard Thomspon
Raymond Tymas-Jones, tenor and Richard Thompson, piano,
Two Songs (of Paul Laurence Dunbar), Nash
Why Fades a Dream, Nash
Marcia Porter, soprano and Richard Thompson, piano
The Heavens Declare, Adolphus C.  Hailstork
JoAnne Stephenson, mezzo-soprano and Wallace Cheatham, piano
Four Romantic Love Songs
Roderick George, tenor and Fred Dade, piano

10:30 AM
Keynote Address
George Shirley, Joseph Edgar Maddy Distinguished Professor of Music
11:00 AM
“The Role of Social Media and PR in the Development and Exposure of African American Performing Artists”
Patrick D. McCoy, Freelance Writer, Radio Host
“The African American Concert Singer: San Francisco 1925-65, In Paradisium”
Bill Doggett, Exhibitions Archivist, and Curator
12:30 PM
Lunch (on your own)
2:00 PM
Celebrating H. Leslie Adams
Lullaby Eternal (Joette McDonald)
Jennifer Lindsay, soprano and Maria Thompson Corley, piano
Love Memory (Dunbar)
*Night People (McDonald)
Jayme Alilaw, soprano and Maria Thompson Corley, piano
The Wider View
To the Road (Dunbar)
Homesick Blues (Hughes)
Li’l’ Gal (Dunbar)
Love Come and Gone (Georgia Douglas Johnson)
The Wider View (R.H. Grenville)
Love Rejoices (James Dillet Freeman)
Marquita Lister, soprano and Marvin Mills, piano
Hymn to Freedom
Thy Mighty Arm
Lead Gently, Lord
Carmen Balthrop, soprano, Roderick George, tenor, and Peter Lightfoot, baritone
UCI Orchestra, Stephen Tucker, conductor
“Representing Women in Three Recent South African Operas”
Naomi André, The University of Michigan
4:30 PM
Songs from Southeastern Louisiana
Valerie Jones-Francis, soprano and Wilfred Delphin, piano
5:30 PM
Dinner (on your own)
Evening Bouquet
Velvet Shoes, White Sonya Baker, soprano and Margaret Simmons, piano
Nails, White  
Mon Pauvre Coeur     Celeste Bembry, soprano and Ann Sears, piano
Daffodils, Hailstork    Brandi Q. Hancock, soprano and Margaret Simmons, piano
Citadel, Still    Celeste Headlee, soprano and Lukas Swidzinski, piano
Winter’s Approach, Still  
Club Woman, Motley Anita Johnson, soprano and Richard Thompson, piano
Daedalus, Fly Away Home, Motley  
Mae’s Rent Party. Motley  
Miracles, Motley  
From Miss Wheatley’s Garden, Powell  Makeda Hampton, soprano and Ann Sears, piano
Worthwhile (Songs of Laurence Hope), Burleigh Dione Parker-Bennett, soprano and Byron Sean, piano
Kashimiri Song, Burleigh  
Three Spirit Songs, Hailstork Jeanine Wagner, soprano and Margaret Simmons, piano
Candle Lightin’ Time, Coleridge-Taylor JoAnne Stephenson, mezzo-soprano and Wallace Cheatham, piano
Dreams, Cooper     Albert Lee, tenor and Lukas Swidzinski, piano
Two Songs for baritone, Tillis  Peter Lightfoot, baritone and Richard Alston, piano
The Winding Road, Dett Ivan Griffin, bass-baritone and Margaret Simmons, piano
God Understands, Dett  
Oh Lord, The Hard Won Miles, Dett  
Dream Variation, Cooper Albert Lee, tenor and Lukas Swidzinski, piano
Dreams, Cooper  
Sea Calm, Cooper  
Among the Fuchsias, Burleigh  
Jersey Hours, Kay   Joy Harrell, soprano and Nina Scolnik, piano
 “My Legacy” Baity     Gail Robinson-Oturu, soprano and Fred Dade, piano
 “Education” Baity  
The Breath of a Rose, Still Wayne Jennings, tenor and Fred Dade, piano
Brown Baby, Still  
“Zuihou de Lianqu”, Nash  Anita Johnson, soprano and Richard Thompson, piano
“Mu Gua (The Quince)”, Nash  
“Fire of Love and War” Nash - needs cello  
“Nie Ni Ren (You and I)”  
What lips my lips have kissed, Owens Jahmaul Abiodun Bakare, tenor and Richard Alston, piano
Euclid Alone  
“You Came, Too” Niki Giovanni Songs, Cheatham Jennifer Odom Cioban, soprano and Wallace Cheatham, piano
“Friendship” Niki Giovanni Songs, Cheatham  
“Three Quarters Time” Niki Giovanni Songs, Cheatham  
Im Nebel, Owens    Phillip Harris, baritone and Lukas Swidzinski, piano
Songs of Leslie Savoy Burrs Lisa Edwards-Burrs, soprano
Forever Thine, Dawson Richard Heard, tenor and Fred Dade, piano 
Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back, Dawson  
The Rugged Yank, Dawson Babatunde Akinboboye, baritone and Nina Scolnik, piano
Song of Ruth, Hailstork Jennifer Lindsay, soprano and Maria Thompson Corley, piano
Slave Song, Hailstork Trevor Neal, bass-baritone and Wallace Cheatham, piano
Creole Folk Songs, Nickerson  Bonita Hyman, mezzo-soprano and Nina Scolnik, piano
Brown-skinned Gal, Okoye  VaShawn McilWain, baritone and Pheaross Graham, piano
3 Lieder fur eine tiefe Stimme  mit Kavierbegleitung, Op. 47, Owens Trevor Neal and Wallace Cheatham
Silhouette, Rector  Quentin Brandel, tenor and Victoria Kirsch, piano
Still Here, Rector  
Dream Variations, Rector  
The Silver Swan, Ingram  Kimberly Davis, soprano and Marvin Mills, piano
Little Lamb, Ingram   
Silence, McLin  Yolanda Johnson, soprano and Sean Byron, piano
The Unlucky Apple, McLin  
If I could give you all I have, McLin  
When I look into your eyes, H. Smith Darryl Taylor and Brent McMunn
Love’s Apothesis, Thompson Frances Young, soprano and Richard Thompson, piano
Young, I know why the caged bird sings, Thompson
Saturday, February 11
(Tribute to Robert Owens)
Classically Black – Piano Music by Composers of African Decent
Richard Alston, piano
9:30 AM
Voodoo by H. Lawrence Freeman: The First African American Opera on Broadway in 1928”
Bruce Faulk, New York University
10:00 AM
The Black Composer in Opera
Anthony Davis, University of California, San Diego
10:40 AM
Panel Discussion
Presence of Black Composers in Opera
H. Leslie Adams
Adolphus C. Hailstork
Robert Owens
Richard Thompson
Anthony Davis, moderator
Opera excerpts:
Voodoo, By H. Lawrence Freeman Dione Parker Bennett, soprano and Byron Sean, piano
Vanqui, Leslie Savoy Burrs   Carmen Balthrop, soprano, Kei Akagi, piano and Elie Choate, harp
Costaso by William Grant Still  Albert Lee, tenor, VaShawn McIlwain, baritone, and Brent McMunn, piano
Amistad, Anthony Davis  Marquita Lister, soprano and Richard Thompson, piano
1:00 Lunch (on your own)
Robert Owens: A Life in Song
Jaime Reimer, sopano, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Byron Sean, piano
"Bright be the place of thy soul" (Lord Byron) from Stanzas for Music
"If" (Dunbar) from Image, Op. 15
"From a dark tower" (Countee Cullen) from Three Countee Cullen Songs, Op. 27
"For a poet" (Cullen) from Three Countee Cullen Songs, Op. 27

Robert Owens, Composer
Tearless (Hughes), Op. 9
Phillip Rogers, bass-baritone and Robert Owens, piano

Heart on the Wall (Hughes)
                  Havana Dreams
                  For dead mimes
Louise Toppin, soprano and Robert Owens, piano

Rimbaud Cabaret (Arthur Rimbaud)
                  Le Dormeur de val
                  Au Cabaret-Vert
                  Rages de Césars
                  Revé pour l’Hiver
Darryl Taylor, countertenor and Robert Owens, piano

3 Songs (Claude McKay), Op. 41
                  The Lynching
                  If we must die
                  To the White fiends

A Cycle of Six Negro Spirituals
                  The Crucifixion
                  You may bury me in the Eas’
                  Po Mourners got a Home at las’
                  Home in-a dat Rock
                  Go on, Brother
Donnie Ray Albert, baritone and Robert Owens, piano

Dinner (on your own)

Gala Event
The Music that We Are (poems of Rumi)
Robert Owens, actor and piano

Sunday, February 12
and Roots…Spirituals
Panel Discussion
Art Song and Spiritual Practice
Jacqueline Hairston
Albert McNeil
Roland Carter
Willis Patterson, moderator
Spirituals as Art Song/Spiritual Art Song
Three Daily Songs, Rison (Hancock/Cornwall)
Sacred Songs, Ellington (Anita Johnson/Thompson)
Spiritual Art Songs, Carter (Gail Robinson-Oturu/Carter)
Give Me Jesus, Curtis (Bonita Hyman/Tucker/cello TBA)
Changed My Name, Curtis (Hyman/Tucker/cellist)
Balm in Gilead (Stephenson/Tucker/cellist)

[H. Leslie Adams, Henry Thacker Burleigh, William Chapman Nyaho, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Levi Dawson, R. Nathaniel Dett, Duke Ellington, Adolphus C. Hailstork, Ulysses S. Kay, Hale Smith and William Grant Still are featured at AfriClassical.com]

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