National Philharmonic: Gershwin's Porgy & Bess
Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8pm
The Music Center
Gershwin's Porgy & Bess
A Concert Opera
Porgy - Kevin Deas
Bess - Marlissa Hudson
Crown - Michael Redding
Sportin’ Life - Chauncey Packer
Serena - Aundi Moore
Jake - Edward Pleasant
Carla/Maria - NaGuanda Nobles
Mingo/Peter Robbins - Colin Eaton
National Philharmonic Chorale
Piotr Gajewski, conductor
Groundbreaking, daring, adventurous, genre defying! Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is a work without peer in the history of American music. Described by the composer himself as a “folk opera,” Porgy and Bess featuresan array of spirituals, folk songs and such classics as Summertime. Since its premiere, with an all African-American cast of classically trained singers, the opera has become a potent symbol of race relations in American, and a work that forever changed the boundaries of opera.
Bass-baritone Kevin Deas “has garnered international acclaim for his portrayal of Porgy in Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess.” - The Morning Call
American soprano Marlissa Hudson has been described as a “superb lyric coloratura.” - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sponsored by Patricia Haywood Moore & Roscoe M. Moore Jr.
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