Cyrus Chestnut, piano
Heritage Signature Chorale
Stanley Thurston, director
Legendary soprano Kathleen Battle’s luminous soprano has distinguished the music of Mozart, Rossini, and Donizetti, in performances in the world’s great opera houses and concert halls—but there is a special place in this singer’s heart for the songs and spirituals of the African-American journey. In this moving evening, Battle and acclaimed pianist Cyrus Chestnut explore the music that expressed the suffering and salvation of enslaved Africans as they found their way to freedom. “The songs coursed from expressions of human desperation early on to spiritual realization ("Over My Head"), transcendence ("Ride Up in the Chariot") and, ultimately, joy ("Let Us Break Bread Together"). "It’s a journey that Battle made relevant to anyone who walks the earth” (Los Angeles Times).
Don't miss a free pre-concert lecture, Freedom Songs' Journey to the Concert Hall, at 6:30PM in Room 402 in the Education Wing. Explore the rich history of the songs featured in this concert by soprano Kathleen Battle, pianist Cyrus Chestnut and the Heritage Signature Chorale in a discussion led by Howard University’s Dr. Saïs Kamalidiin. Free with concert ticket. Limited seating available.
This concert will run approximately 110 minutes with intermission.