February 10, 2016
Senior Director, Communications
HOUSTON-AREA CHORUSES JOIN THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY TO CELEBRATE CONTRIBUTIONS AND INFLUENCE OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMPOSERS
February 20, 2016
HOUSTON (February 10, 2016) – The Houston Symphony celebrates Black History Month with a special concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, featuring a wide representation of African-American contributions to music, from the late-Romantic era, through jazz, modern art songs and gospel.
The orchestra will be joined by the CityWide Grassroots Chorus, Houston Baptist University’s Schola Cantorum and University Singers, as well as members of the Brentwood Baptist Church Chorale. Founded in 2013, the CityWide Grassroots Chorus is a project of the Houston Symphony’s African-American Leadership Council.
Led by Kirk Smith, co-principal conductor of the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble at Columbia College in Chicago, the evening’s performance will also feature baritone Reginald Smith Jr., who last appeared with the Houston Symphony for December’s Very Merry Pops performances, a Houston Symphony holiday tradition.
A Grand Finals Concert winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Smith Jr. will join the orchestra for a rendition of the African-American spiritual “Ride On, King Jesus,” often an integral part of worship services and historic celebrations. He will also perform musical settings of poetry by noteworthy African-American poets Langston Hughes, Clarissa Scott Delany and Morgan Collins.
The concert will take place at the Morris Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Houston Baptist University at 7502 Fondren. To purchase tickets, click here.
LIFT EV'RY VOICE
February 20, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Kirk Smith, conductor
Reginald Smith Jr., baritone
CityWide Grassroots Chorus
Adavion Wayne, director
Houston Baptist University Schola Cantorum and University Singers
Dr. John Yarrington, director
Members of the Brentwood Baptist Church Chorale
Lydia A. Alston, Minister of Worship and Praise
Arr. J. Dean: Ride On, King Jesus
K. Mechem: Blow Ye the Trumpet from John Brown
J. R. Johnson/N. Hersh: Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
Perkinson: Sinfonietta No. 1 for Strings
Ellington/L. Norris: Tribute to Ellington
H. L. Adams: Nightsongs
D. Clark-Cole/G. Caldwell: You Can’t Hurry God
Tickets $15 & $25
ABOUT THE HOUSTON SYMPHONY
During the 2015-16 season, the Houston Symphony will celebrate its second season with Music Director Andrés Orozco- Estrada, and continues its second century as one of America’s leading orchestras with a full complement of concert, community, education, touring and recording activities. The Houston Symphony is one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Texas whose inaugural performance was held at The Majestic Theater in downtown Houston on June 21, 1913. Today, with an annual operating budget of $32.8 million, the full-time ensemble of 87 professional musicians and 4 community-embedded musicians is the largest performing arts organization in Houston, presenting more than 300 performances for 400,000 people, including 97,000 children, annually. For tickets and more information, please visit www.houstonsymphony.org or call 713-224-7575.
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