Saturday, April 14, 2012

Soprano Shelby Banks in 'Music by African-American Women' at The Interchurch Center, New York City, April 25, Noon

Tremayne Thomas Little, Agent for Shelby Banks,
Sends This Message and Press Release

"Music by African-American Women"

As noted in the release, Ms. Banks will be presenting a recital entitled “Music by African-American Women” at The Interchurch Center on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Noon.  This performance outing features compositions specifically arranged for the operatic stage.  Though Women’s History Month has passed, these musical works composed by women composers who are African-American is sure to continue last month’s celebrations.

Incidentally, Ms. Banks is a resident of Harlem, New York and a true patron of the arts in our New York City communities.  Currently, Ms. Banks is a Principal Teaching Artist for New York City Opera, where she brings opera education to the public school system for elementary, middle and high school students.  The convergence of arts and education, particularly where the less popular genre of opera music among youth is concerned, has been a career commitment for Ms. Banks in line with many of her performance projects.

The “Music by African-American Women” showcase is the truest example of Ms. Banks’ “cultural exchange” mission her performances are dedicated to delivering.


New York, NY FRIDAY 20 APRIL, 2012 - Shelby Banks, a lyric soprano described by the Sheboygan Press of Sheboygan, Wisconsin as “angelic...a powerful voice,” performs at The Interchurch Center for the Noonday Concert Series on Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 at Noon. Ms. Banks is rapidly garnering attention for the “cultural exchange” mission her presentation of arias, art songs and spirituals by African-American composers is increasingly receiving.

Ms. Banks will present “Music by African-American Women” in the Chapel Hall of The Interchurch Center located at 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. Admission for this engagement is free and further information about this concert performance can be obtained by contacting the Administrative Office at 1.212.870.2200.

Coming off the stage of Carnegie Hall as a featured soloist for a musical tribute to Paul Robeson and a special performance invitation for World Day of Prayer International’s services in New York City, Ms. Banks continues to fill concert halls with beautiful song throughout the United States and Europe. The focus of this recital features the works of such African-American women composers as Margaret Bonds and Betty Jackson King. As Ms. Banks lamented earlier in her career, “I could not believe that there were so many classically trained black musicians who had composed such beautiful music. What was even more shocking was that most of it had never seen a concert or operatic stage.”

Blending her knowledge and experience in jazz, opera and musical theater to create a deeply personal, yet universally evocative sound, “Music by African-American Women” promises a thoughtful and engaging performance showcase. Ms. Banks is committed to offering enlightened performances aimed at uniting people of all walks of life and spreading love and friendship through music. Later this year, she makes her recital debut in Copenhagen, Denmark in September, 2012 and 2013 is slated for debuts in Paris, France, and a Musical Tribute to famed painter Annie Lee in New York City.

For more information about the Noonday Concert performance and to learn more about Shelby Banks and her upcoming performances, please visit or contact Tremayne Thomas Little at (00) +1.917.455.3339.

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