Monday, May 9, 2011

“Researching H. Lawrence Freeman's opera 'Voodoo,' the first African American composed opera to play on Bway in 1928.”

[Bruce Faulk]

Bruce Faulk has signed the Guest Book at, where he has posted a research request. AfriClassical has also received an email from him on the same topic, with a link to his website, Here is the Guest Book post:

Bruce Faulk, Monday, 5/9/11, 8:04 AM
“Thank you for this wonderful site. I am a graduate student researching H. Lawrence Freeman's opera Voodoo, the first African American composed opera to play on Bway in 1928. Does anyone have any information on this or the WBGS radio presentation of selections that year? Please contact me at: Thank you! From: New York”

The African American Art Song Alliance, founded in 1997 by Dr. Darryl Taylor, countertenor, makes this reference to the composer at its website:
“1928 Harry Lawrence Freeman composes Voodoo. An abridged version is performed on New York City radio station WGBS. Full performance by an all-black cast in the 52nd Street Theatre of New York City

The Center for Black Music Research (CBMR) at Columbia College Chicago has a vast collection of materials related to Black Music, including Classical Music composed and performed by people of African descent. Many composers and performers have donated their recordings and sheet music to the CBMR. Members of the public can request assistance with research by contacting Suzanne Flandreau, Head Librarian and Archivist of the CBMR:

Suzanne Flandreau
Head Librarian and Archivist
Center for Black Music Research
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605
Telephone: 312-369-7346
Fax: 312-369-8029

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