Friday, February 19, 2016

Kirk Smith Conducts Houston Symphony in "Lift Ev'ry Voice" Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 7:30 PM at Houston Baptist University's Morris Center

Maestro Kirk Smith

Reginald Smith, Jr., Baritone

Citywide Grassroots Chorus

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Duke Ellington, Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson and H. Leslie Adams are featured at

         The Houston Symphony celebrates Black History Month with a special concert featuring a wide representation of African-American contributions to music, from the late-Romantic era, through jazz, modern art songs and gospel. Four choruses from the greater Houston community will join the orchestra: the CityWide Grassroots Chorus, Houston Baptist University's Schola Cantorum and University Singers and members of the Brentwood Baptist Church Chorale. Our soloist for the evening will be baritone Reginald Smith Jr., winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Praised for his “ample and thrillingly dramatic” voice, Smith possesses “one of the most exciting baritone sounds to come along in years...” (Opera News)

To purchase tickets, click here.

This concert will be held at the Morris Cultural Arts Center at Houston Baptist University. For directions, click here.


Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade
Arr. J. Dean: Ride On, King Jesus
K. Mechem: Blow Ye the Trumpet

     from John Brown
J. R. Johnson/N. Hersh: Lift Ev’ry

     Voice and Sing
Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1

     for Strings
     1. Sonata Allegro: Allegro
Ellington/L. Norris: Tribute to

H. L. Adams: Nightsongs

     1. Prayer
     4. Night Song
     6. Creole Girl
D. Clark-Cole/G. Caldwell: You

     Can’t Hurry God


Kirk Smith, conductor
Reginald Smith Jr., baritone
CityWide Grassroots Chorus
     Adavion Wayne, director
HBU Schola Cantorum and
HBU University Singers
     Dr. John Yarrington, director
Members of the Brentwood Baptist
    Church Chorale
     Lydia A. Alston, Minister of Worship and

by Amanda Sewell (@amjsew)        

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