Black Opera - Uncovering Music History

Saturday, 16 February 2019 11:00 – 17:00
Location: Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Category: Conference

Black Opera - Uncovering Music History
Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge Street
Saturday, February 16 from 11 AM to 5 PM

This symposium, presented in partnership with Toronto Public Library, traces the heroic struggles of pioneering artists of African origin to enter the operatic world, their fight for acceptance and recognition, their triumphs and accomplishments.  

11:00 AM         
Opening Concert with soprano Nadine Anyan, tenor Tristan Scott, baritone Korin Thomas-Smith and pianist Angela Park.

11:30 AM
Black Voices in the Opera – A conversation with Dr. Naomi André, author of Black Opera and Dr. Gregory Hopkins, Artistic Director, Harlem Opera Theater, moderated by Dr. Melanie Zeck, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College.

1:00 PM           
Three Scenes from Black Opera that Changed the History of Music – Dr. Gregory Hopkins and performers from the Harlem Opera Theater.

2:30 PM           
Not Your Music: A Conversation on Cultural Appropriation – A discussion with writer and broadcaster Robert Harris and Dr. Naomi André.

3:45 PM           
Concert Performance

4:00 PM           
A Conversation with Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate Jessye Norman


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