The contributions of African-American composers, poets and conductors will be celebrated in “Shades of Color,” a Feb. 27 recital at First-Plymouth Congregational Church, 2000 D St.
The choral performance will feature the Glenn Korff School of Music’s University Singers, along with groups from Lincoln High School and First-Plymouth. The event is free and open to the public.
The concert was created to inspire hope of a brighter future for people of all colors and creeds. It will feature a range of music from songs linked to the horrors of enslavement to new anthems that celebrate progress toward freedom and equality.
Many of today’s most notable African-American choral composers will be represented, including Adofphus Hailstork, Rollo Dillworth, André Thomas, Rosephanie Powell and Joseph Jennings.
The performance will include the choirs joining together for an arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” Peter Eklund, Matthew Oltman and Kathy Simpson will serve as directors, while Darryl White will play flugelhorn.