“An ambassador for classical and gospel music… His talent stretches across traditional divisions. In the realest sense, he uses his artistry to make our world a better place.” —Wynton Marsalis on Damien Sneed
Tracing the American vocal tradition from 1860 to today, Music & Words takes audiences on a journey from the spirituals, art songs and poems of Harry T. Burleigh and Laurence Hope, to the melodic chords of Samuel Barber, and the well-known hit songs of George & Ira Gershwin.
Leading this musical reflection on the relationship between composer and librettist, Sneed will be joined by soprano vocalist Audrey Dubois Harris for this debut exploration of the music of 1860 to the 1930s for strings, piano and voice.
Admission: Suggested donation $10
About Damien Sneed:
Damien Sneed is a multi-genre recording artist and a 2014 recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence honor, which is presented annually to emerging Black and Latino leaders in classical music, Sneed has also garnered attention in a wide range of other musical genres, including jazz, gospel, pop, R&B and musical theatre. He has already been featured in the New York Times multiple times for his work in various genres. A pianist, organist, conductor, composer, producer, arranger, vocal coach, professor and arts educator, Sneed has worked with legends such as Aretha Franklin, Wynton Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Carlos Santana, Ashford & Simpson, David Sanborn, and Kenny Burrell. Read more
About Audrey DuBois Harris:
Critically acclaimed, international classical artist Audrey DuBois Harris has graced the world's stages in opera, classical, jazz, sacred, gospel and inspirational music. Celebrated for possessing an incomporable voice of rich splendor, extraordinary beauty, exquisite artistry and soulful intensity. Her inspiring voice displays Ms. DuBois Harris on a global stage where she stands as one of the most exciting artists in the genre. Ms. DuBois Harris' debut album Testimony, is a soaring and stirring inspirational collection of iconic hymns of faith and songs of praise. An effortless blend of classical and gospel styles, Testimony beautifully portrays Ms. DuBois Harris's deep rooted faith and love of God while conveying the message of grace and hope. Read more