Houston-Area Choruses Join the Houston Symphony to Celebrate Black History Month
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 2/10/2016, 5:16 p.m.
HOUSTON (February 10, 2016) – The Houston Symphony celebrates Black History Month with a special concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 20, featuring a wide representation of African-American contributions to music, from the late-Romantic era, through jazz, modern art songs and gospel.
The orchestra will be joined by the CityWide Grassroots Chorus, Houston Baptist University’s Schola Cantorum and University Singers as well as members of the Brentwood Baptist Church Chorale. Founded in 2013, the CityWide Grassroots Chorus is a project of the Houston Symphony’s African-American Leadership Council.
Led by Kirk Smith, co-principal conductor of the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble at Columbia College in Chicago, the evening’s performance will also feature baritone Reginald Smith Jr., who last appeared with the Houston Symphony for December’s Very Merry Pops performances, a Houston Symphony holiday tradition.
A Grand Finals Concert winner of the 2015 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and a recent graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio, Smith Jr. will join the orchestra for a rendition of the African-American spiritual “Ride On, King Jesus,” often an integral part of worship services and historic celebrations. He will also perform musical settings of poetry by noteworthy African-American poets Langston Hughes, Clarissa Scott Delany and Morgan Collins.
The concert will take place at the Morris Cultural Arts Center on the campus of Houston Baptist University at 7502 Fondren. To purchase tickets, click here.
For more information, visit houstonsymphony.org