Thursday, May 2, 2019

Sergio Mims: Anthony Davis' "X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X" on WHPK-FM May 21

The Life and Times of Malcolm X
An Opera in Three Acts by Anthony Davis

Sergio A. Mims writes:

In celebration of Malcolm X's birthday, I will be broadcasting the Grammovision recording of Anthony Davis' opera X, The Life and Times of Malcolm X on my weekly classical music program on WHPK-FM Chicago on Tuesday May 21 from 12 noon-3 PM (Central Time) locally on 88.5 FM and live stream worldwide on whpk

Music by Anthony Davis and libretto by Thulani Davis and based on the life of the civil rights leader Malcolm X. The opera premiered in a semi-staged production in Philadelphia in 1985 and received its first fully staged production at the New York City Opera in 1986. When the opera premiered it was acclaimed as brilliant and "a stunning success" but in recent years productions of the opera have been rare. So I am very happy and proud to bring this important and vibrant work back to the public

In this recording:

Eugene Perry, Baritone
Thomas J. Young, tenor
Priscilla Baskerville, Soprano
Hilda Harris, Mezzo-soprano
Herbert Perry, Bass baritone

Orchestra of St. Luke
William Henry Curry, Conductor

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