Ars Choralis presents “Freedom: In Their Voices”
Freedom: In Their Voices honors composers of African descent whose music has been sidelined for decades and in some case, centuries. Included in this program are composers such as R. Nathaniel Dett, H. T. Burleigh, and S. Coleridge Taylor, as well as more contemporary settings of spirituals by Hall Johnson, Wendall Whalum and Undine Smith Moore. Additionally, there will be readings from people born as slaves about their journeys to be free. Joining Ars Choralis will be bass Steven Kirby and the Riverview Baptist Church Instruments of Praise Choir.
Performance artist, Nancy Ostrovsky, adds another dimension to this concert. A pioneer in live performance painting, her improvisational work draws wholly from the immediacy of the live performance. Her spontaneous method of getting paint onto canvas in real-time, as compelled by what she hears, should prove to be an exhilarating addition to the audience’s experience.
Tickets are $25 at the door, $20 in advance and $10 for students. Go to www.arschoralis.org for more information and tickets.