Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Columbia Chronicle: 'Celebrating Black Culture in Chicago' with South Shore Opera

[Robert Sims, Lyric Baritone]

PUBLISHED: 02-22-10
by Luke Wilusz
“The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago will hold its second Black History Month concert free of charge at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive, on Feb. 27 at 5:30 p.m. This year’s 'Annual Salute to Black History' will feature four local performers and focus on music by African-American composers.” “This year’s show...will focus mainly on music by African-American composers and renditions of classic African-American spirituals, Lynn said. He said the focus on spirituals is enhanced through the participation of baritone singer Robert Sims.

“'He is known across the country for his interpretations of Negro spirituals,' Lynn said. 'He has done several television programs on PBS and so on, and he’s been noted for his work in this area.'
The other performers are soprano Kimberly E. Jones, tenor Cornelius Johnson and pianist and composer George E. Cooper. Lynn said the support the opera company received from the community has been overwhelming, and he thinks South Shore residents enjoyed having this kind of cultural event in their neighborhood.”

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