Thursday, February 25, 2016

South Shore Opera Company of Chicago: Sun. Feb. 28, 2016 4 PM, Still, Coleridge-Taylor, Perkinson, Carter, Ellington, Strayhorn: Annual Black History Concert, Free

About the February 28 2016 South Shore Opera Black History Month Concert
Music expresses a culture in different ways. Celebrate the end of Black History Month in a concert featuring the music of Black composers’ classical arrangements of a powerful form of music that carried a race of people from slavery to emancipation…the Negro Spirituals. These songs contributed to the birth of jazz, and to the uplift of outstanding Black singers and musicians. Our opera community is historically linked to the promotion of these artists. Featured in the program are classical compositions of William Grant Still’s Here’s
One and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Deep River; and music of Ellington and Strayhorn and additional music by these composers, John Carter, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson— in performance by Chicago’s acclaimed soprano Joelle Lamarreled by classical violinist, James Sanders with pianist, Donald Neale and bassist, Christian Dillingham.
About South Shore Opera Company
The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago is committed to making opera and musical theater accessible to under served communities on the South Side and elsewhere:

  • Present the works of rarely performed Black and lesser-known composers whose contribution to music deserve recognition in history
  • Provide greater opportunities for diverse artists to grow and present their craft via professional productions
  • Provide cultural and educational programs that both enrich the opera-going experience and encourage future generations of artists and audiences
  • Enhance the lives of youth by offering music education and outreach programs

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