Wednesday, May 14, 2014

'Tapestry: A Spiritual Odyssey' Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 6 PM, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit; All Proceeds Benefit Museum

Louise Toppin

George Shirley

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The Detroit Free Press
May 14, 2014

The Charles H. Wright Museum is celebrating the broad sweep of African-American contributions to the arts through a gala concert promising a diversity of genres from classical music and opera to jazz. The concert, a fund-raising event for the museum’s educational programs and produced in tandem with SmithJackson Arts, is titled “Tapestry: A Spiritual Odyssey.”
There’s a lot happening under one umbrella. Performers include soprano Louis Toppin, the legendary tenor George Shirley, Michigan Opera Theatre singers Kimwana Doner and Nick Davis, Detroit jazz-gospel pianist Alvin Waddles, the CutTime String Quartet and others. Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan will also perform on violin. (He was trained as a violinist when he was young and has reconnected with the instrument in recent decades.) The concert will also honor composer Aldophus Hailstork and the late Sylvia Olden Lee, a pioneering African-American pianist, accompanist and vocal coach.
6 p.m. Sunday, Wright, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. $125. 313-494-5800. 

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