Multi-genre production follows a young Slave woman from a southern plantation to the life of her great-great-great granddaughter who sings on the great concert stages of the world.
(CHEVERLY, MARYLAND – Sunday, February 5, 2017) Hear powerful drums of the Motherland, a somber violin solo, dramatic and moving narration, poignant Negro Spirituals, spoken word, and arias that lift your heart, in the multi-media extravaganza Cotton Field to Concert Hall on Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm, at Public Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd, Cheverly, MD 20784. Produced by the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA), the musical is in honor of Black History Month and follows a young Slave woman from a southern plantation to the life of her great-great-great granddaughter, who has become an opera soprano in contemporary times. Audience members will travel with her to realize her legacy is performing on the stages of the great opera houses throughout the world. During her musical journey, she embraces and performs selections with themes of lament, memories, legacy, and hope, adding several dramatic, cultural, and visual layers of entertainment to the 90-minute production. Cotton Field to Concert Hall is an invigorating performance that will gladden the heart.
Among the talent is Washington National Opera soprano Angeli Jemilda Ferrette and actress, Betty Entzminger serving as Narrator and the voice of the Slave woman. Written by playwright and Social Worker, Ellen Wiggins and Joyce Williams Graves, author, the event also features pianist Edmond Charles, baritone Shannon Steed violinist Alexander Strachan, and the 12-voice Camerata Baltimore conducted by James Mayo. The family friendly event also features Doc Powell and the Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers and JoNay Aiken who dances to the Andra Day hit, "I'll Rise Up", with artistic direction by Dr. Lester Green. Tickets are $20.00. Contact 301-277-1710 for information.
Cotton Field to Concert Hall is one of two Black History Month events produced by CAAPA, a 501c3 arts organization who supports Black classical musicians by helping to "Bring Color to the Classics!". The second is a concert, Voices From the Past: Valentine Pringle, on Sunday, February 19th at 3:00 pm at the Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Rd, Laurel, MD 20708. The recital features baritone Marvin Lowe, who channels the music and sound of slain classical baritone Pringle, killed in South Africa and likened to that of Paul Robeson. This concert is FREE. Visit www.4caapa.org for details about CAAPA.
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