Black Chorus presents "Sence You Went Away"

On Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 4pm in the Recital Hall of Smith Memorial Hall, Professor Ollie Watts Davis is presenting a collaborative performance along with several of her School of Music colleagues. Titled "Sence You Went Away," the performance will feature pianist Casey Robards and the Jupiter String Quartet. Professor Davis will also be joined by alumnus and composer, K. Edward Copeland, alumnus Brian Courtney Wilson, and the University of Illinois Black Chorus.

The concert shares the music and literature of Black Americans, and reveals a lens for seeing the survival strategies and nourishing ways forward that Black Americans have used throughout their experience. James Weldon Johnson's poem, Sence You Went Away, provided the title for the performance and can be heard in Movement 5 of the song cycle Professor Davis plans to perform. 

Program highlights include:

Night Songs - H. Leslie Adams
Ollie Watts Davis, soprano

Troubld Water from the Spiritual Suite - Margaret Bonds
Casey Robards, piano

Lyric for Strings - George Walker
The Jupiter String Quartet

 

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