Music Director William Baker & the 150-voice Summer Singers of Kansas City join with soloists Rochert McNichols, Jr., Sarah Tannehill Anderson, and David Adams in Carl Orff's spectacular CARMINA BURANA, one of the most popular musical masterworks of the last century. The performance will be the composer's scoring for two grand pianos, five percussionists, and a plethora of exciting instruments. The Summer Singers of Kansas City is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and is a member ensemble of the William Baker Choral Foundation. www.ChoralFoundation.org.
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2:00 PM
Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 West 13th Street (at Broadway) in Kansas City, MO
The annual Kenneth Babcock Memorial Masterworks Concerthas brought a glorious masterpiece to Kansas City audiences each spring since 2013. The 2018 concert will feature Mozart'sGREAT MASS IN C MINOR and NEW WORK for the occasion by Composer in Residence Ed Frazier Davis. The Festival Singers will be joined by full orchestra and soloists Sarah Tannehill Anderson, Kristee Haney, David Adams and Robert McNichols, Jr.
Invitation To A Die-In by Nkeiru Okoye for Baritone and Orchestra
Invitation To A Die-In is a “sung story” written in direct musical response to recent murders of unarmed Black men at the hands of police officers or vigilantes. It is part work for baritone and orchestra, that is simultaneously both monodrama, and performance art. An African-American baritone tells the story from the perspective of the deceased, their families, police officers, and citizens on all sides of the issue. Musically, it is a dramatic, stark portrait of African American men being hunted and haunted by the past. The work was Commissioned by Ng Tian Hui and the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra In memory of Trayvon Martin.
Hear the story and music of one of America's most prolific performers and early civil rights leaders.
Robert McNichjols, Jr. as Robeson
Isaac Cates as Lawrence Brown
For ticket information visit www.theatrelawrence.com or call (785) 843-7469
Produced by Winter Opera Saint Louis - (Two dates available)
September 30, 2017 - 7:30pm
Saturday, September 30 - 7:30 P.M.
Sunday, October 1 - 1:00 p.m.
Edison Box Office - (314) 935-6543
Senior, WU Fac/Staff: $20
Students and Youth: $10
Wash U students free (limit one per ID)
Composer: Harold Blumenfeld
Librettist: Charles Kondek
Borgia Infami depicts the lives, loves and crimes of the notorious Borgia family. The opera focuses upon Rodrigo, who becomes the brilliant and corrupt Pope Alexander VI; his son Cesare, whose ruthless pursuit of power is immortalized in Machiavelli’s writings; and, finally, Lucrezia, the Duchess of Ferrara, Rodrigo’s beautiful daughter, and alleged poisoner of the family’s enemies. The action unfolds on dual levels, alternating historical fact with Victor Hugo’s hyper melodramatic portrayal of Lucrezia. She has given birth to an illegitimate son, a product of suspected incest, inside the Vatican walls. After being separated at birth, the boy matures into a virtuous young officer driven by two passions: to find his lost mother and a burning hatred for the Borgias. All the while, Lucrezia has lovingly watched over him from a distance, writing him anonymously. However, unwittingly she comes to poison him and his Borgia-hostile comrades. Out of shock and desperation she mortally stabs herself and, as she perishes, reveals her true identity to her son. After perishing together, her crimes are absolved through her selfless maternal devotion. Ingeniously, the librettist has connected all of this to the present.
Borgia Infami is a singers’ opera with arias emerging into duets, trios, and a sextet. This opera features violence, mayhem, and death. The auto da fe of Savonarola is presented, along with a scene of inebriation interrupted by the death chant of approaching monks, scenes of impassioned filial love, and street urchins for comic relief. In addition to the various scenes of overflowing emotion there are moments of wistful simplicity such as Lucrezia in her convent, with a Bingen-like women's chant in the background. The opera opens to a scene featuring a vast fresco of the coronation of Rodrigo Borgia as Pope coming alive to commence the opera.
UFWC Presents its 2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration. We are honoring our past as we move toward our future. Special guests include Glory Works Experience Founder, Darryl Chamberlain as well as The Black Musical Arts Community Choir, Founder and Musical Director Dr. Robert McNichols, Jr.
THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.