A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY:

MUSIC FROM THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD FEATURING

KATHLEENBATTLESOPRANO

JOELMARTINPIANO

& THEOAKWOODAEOLIANS

 

OCTOBER 16

JCH » FRI » 8PM

A $77   B $57   C $37

 

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Made possible by the support of 

     

     

DEBORAH & JOHN SELLERS      CELE & ALLEN MONTGOMERY      BELINDA & CLIFFORD HALL

JOYCE & JOHN MITCHELL      ADRIENE BALTON & FRANK TOPPING      CHAY & DONALD WATKINS

 

If you’re going to take a step back in time and explore the deep, meaningful musical traditions of enslaved Africans in America, there is no better guide than superstar soprano Kathleen Battle. For this remarkable evening, Battle will take a break from the European vocal tradition she commands so brilliantly to lend her pure soprano voice to the interpretation of soul-stirring Negro spirituals. Along with the Oakwood Aeolians Choir from Huntsville, Alabama, Battle will awe and inspire the audience with favorite spirituals including “Go Down, Moses” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” She will blend her flawless voice with those of the skilled choir on such numbers as “Fix Me, Jesus” and “Balm in Gilead.” And she will treat the audience to the purity of her vocals on an a cappella rendering of “Were You There?” You will experience her voice in all its glory, and explore the music that was birthed by the suffering and the hope of salvation of people longing for freedom. A fixture on the stages of the world’s leading opera houses, this is the first time the five-time Grammy-winning soprano will perform at the Alys Stephens Center. Do not miss this amazing opportunity to embark on this moving musical journey led by a voice The Washington Post called “… without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world.”

 

“BREATHTAKINGLY PURE AND NUANCED... THIS IS A JOURNEY THAT BATTLE
MAKES RELEVANT TO ANYONE WHO WALKS THE EARTH.”
-LA Times

 

“BATTLE’S PURE SOPRANO VOICE MADE FOR A STELLAR PERFORMANCE.
SHE SANG A SERIES OF SPIRITUALS RANGING FROM ‘GO DOWN,
MOSES’ TO ‘SWING LOW, SWEET CHARIOT’ AND INFUSED
INTENSE EMOTION INTO EACH SONG...”
-DC Metro Theatre Arts