The Seattle Choral Company is celebrating black history month by exploring and honoring the many contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history. On Saturday, 2/25 at 8 PM and Sunday, 2/26 at 3 PM, at Town Hall, Seattle ,the SCC will showcase the music of trailblazing African American composers, with a particular focus on their choral works.
The music of Scott Joplin will receive special attention during this concert. Joplin’s opera, “Treemonisha,” will be re-created in concert form with a cast of talented African American singers and actors from the greater Seattle area: Ellaina Pauline Lewis (“Treemonisha””), Awilda Verdejo (“Monisha”), Laird Thornton (“Ned”), Ekello Harrid, Jr. (“Zodzetrick”), and Ronald Campbell (“Parson Alltalk”). Joining the cast as narrator will be actress and arts advocate, Vivian Phillips. Dance scenes will be choreographed by Kabby Mitchell III, with dancers chosen from the cast of “Black Nativity.”
Seven composers who best represent the development of the Spiritual as an art form and the rise of contemporary internationalism among America’s Black composers will be represented: Harry Thacker Burleigh (1866-1949), Dr. R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), John W. Work, III (1901-1967), Jester Hairston (1902-2000), Undine Smith Moore (1904-1988), Moses Hogan (1957-2003), Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941) and Scott Joplin (1868-1917).
Non-reserved tickets are on sale for $22 (General), $17 (Senior), and $10 (Under 25).
To purchase by phone, call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006. This ticket hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For on-line purchases, please go to the Seattle Choral Company’s web site at http://www.seattlechoralcompany.org.