Porgy & Bess featuring Keith Spencer, baritone and Heather Hill, soprano with the Lincoln University Concert Choir Saturday, February 26, 2022 • 7:30 pm at War Memorial Theater
In celebration of Black History Month, the Capital Philharmonic of New Jersey presents Seven O’clock Shout by Valerie Coleman, a leading contemporary African American composer with a number of commissions from major American orchestras – this particular work was recently premiered in a virtual performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra. This will be followed by Afro-American Symphony (1930) by William Grant Still. This is the first symphony written by an African American and performed for a United States audience by a leading American orchestra, premiered in 1931 by the Rochester Philharmonic. It combines a traditional symphonic form with blues progressions and rhythms that were characteristic of popular African American music at the time. The second half of the concert will be Porgy & Bess in a concert version for soprano, baritone, choir and orchestra. Guest artists will be Heather Hill, a rising Broadway and opera star who performed with the Broadway revival of Porgy & Bess, Keith Spencer, who developed and stared in his world premiere production of Brothers on Broadway last season with CPNJ, and the well-respected Concert Choir from Lincoln University.
Valerie Coleman: Seven O’clock Shout, William Grant Still: Afro-American Symphony, George Gershwin (arr. by Robert Russell Bennett: Porgy & Bess Concert Version
*This event will be held at the War Memorial Theater
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