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This Pick of the Week brings you the healing and profound energy of African American spirituals. We start with a performance of Howard University Chorale and the Baltimore City College High School led by choral director Dr. J. Weldon Norris. We continue with a panel discussion on the influence of spirituals on music and performance up to the present and conclude this edition with a voice workshop led by Dr. Norris. We hope you enjoy it!
A performance by the Howard University Chorale and Baltimore City College High School Choir, as part of a Library symposium on African-American spirituals of the Civil War.
This Pick of the Weekend is dedicated to women in music. We begin this edition with a memorable conversation between Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and the late opera star, educator, and arts advocate, Jessye Norman. We pair it with a panel discussion featuring women who lead major performing arts organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America. We hope you enjoy it!
Jessye Norman's incomparable voice and exceptional artistry made her a legend in the world of opera and the concert hall. This conversation, conducted just months before her death, focused on her career and involvement with new music, mentorship for young artists, and thoughtful advocacy for projects like the Jessye Norman School for the Arts as a crucial avenue for arts education.
A pre-concert panel discussion featuring Jane Chu, Margaret Lioi and Astrid Schween.