LIFT EV’RY VOICE
A Celebration of Brotherhood & Sisterhood
Jeannette Sorrell,conducting
Kristine Caswelch & Ashlee Foreman,sopranos
Reggie Mobley,countertenor
Jacob Perry,tenor
Jonathan Woody,bass
with AF instrumentalists and the Musettes Ensemble (youth chorus)
Friday, February 4, 2022, 7:30PM
CLEVELAND – venue TBA
Saturday, February 5, 2022, 3:00PM
Arlington Church of God, AKRON
Saturday, February 5, 2022, 8:00PM
Arlington Church of God, AKRON
Sunday, February 6, 2022, 4:00PM
CLEVELAND Museum of Art (Gartner Auditorium)
Back by popular demand! This uplifting program by Jeannette Sorrell premiered in May 2021 and now returns in an expanded version. Monteverdi’s beautiful Nigra Sum (I am Black & Beautiful) from the Vespers of 1610 meets a stunning 2019 composition of the same title by Black composer Jonathan Woody. Renowned countertenor Reggie Mobley shares tales of his childhood growing up Black (and beautiful) in the Deep South. A suite by Joseph Bologne (known as “The Black Mozart” in the 18th century) leads to Civil War-era spirituals. The Apollo’s Musettes (youth choir) join AF musicians and soloists in this celebration of our shared humanity.

“Reginald Mobley… pure of tone, immaculate in his articulation and always musical.”
– THE HERALD (UK)

“Ashlee Foreman is a real discovery… tremendous range and theatrical assurance.”
– SEEN & HEARD INTERNATIONAL (UK)


*FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHTS – CD RELEASE PARTY! Stay for the fascinating Q&A with the artists, followed by coffee and hot cider. FREE!

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These concerts are generously supported by
The Deveny Family

Tom & Marilyn McLaughlin
CD Recording Sponsor

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