HAMPTON, Va. (January 23, 2020) – On Friday, March 20th, 2020, in Hampton University’s Ogden Hall, ‘I, Too, Sing America’ presents: A Lament for the Fallen, a musical journey through songs, spirituals, spoken word, freedom songs, musical theater, and photography meant to lift those who have fallen due to social injustice in the African American community.
“The Hampton University Musical Arts Society is pleased to present to Hampton University students and the surrounding Hampton Roads Community, the musical production, I, Too, Sing America. This musical is an opportunity to remember those who have suffered because of social injustice in the African American Community and be encouraged and uplifted through beautiful music. Renowned performers will share their musical talents through heart felt musical expressions including spirituals, spoken word, musical theater and photography. This will be a rich experience for all who attend. I look forward to seeing you,” Dr. Shelia J. Maye, Chair, Department of Music and the Hampton University Musical Arts Society
Who is I, Too Sing America?
I, Too, Sing America are artists who have graced the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, Broadway, international and domestic opera houses, concert stages, and places of worship all over the world. These artists are committed to presenting qualified performances, rooted in education and quality, seeking opportunities that allow them to give performances in order to help our community, our nation and our world.
World-renowned baritone Kenneth Overton and Metropolitan Opera soprano Janinah Burnett present a musical tribute through rhyme, reason, song, and spoken word lifted to those who have fallen due to the recent violent events having taken place in Charleston, SC, Ferguson, MO, New York, NY, Oakland, CA, New Orleans, LA, Flint, MI, and Cleveland, OH to name a few.
Joined by the wonderfully talented James Davis Jr., Associate Music Director of Opera Ebony and Minister Rashad Raymond Moore, Associate Minister at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, I, Too Sing America features an offering of the magic and the message of Spirituals arranged by John Carter and Hall Johnson; Art Songs by Leslie Adams and Margaret Bonds; and Freedom Songs by Donnie Hathaway presented as a balm to hearts and a call for change through impeccable artistry.
James Davis Jr.
One of the most recognized emerging music directors, proven to be an artistic leader who captivates musicians, audiences and communities with his deep passions for music. A music director, producer, conductor, performer, arranger and teacher, Davis has collaborated with notable artists including Alicia Keys, John Legend, Ashford & Simpson and Lyle Lovett.
Minister Rashad Raymond Moore
A passionate preacher, teacher, and scholar in history and philosophy of African-American education. He is the Senior Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Crown Heights in Brooklyn, New York. Moore currently serves on the UNCF-New York’s Faith Initiative Council, the Board of Sheltering Arm’s Children and Family Services, Inc., and the Morehouse Manhattan Alumni Association.
March 20, 2020 @ 8PM in Ogden Hall
Public Cost: $25
Non-HU Students: $15
HU Students: Free