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Classical Roots
This is what joy and community sound like!
About the Concert

Friday, April 19, 2024, 7:30 pm
Cincinnati Music Hall

John Morris Russell, conductor
Hi-Tek, DJ/Rapper
Classical Roots Community Choir, Jason Alexander Holmes, interim resident conductor
Chorus soloists: Veronda "Vee" Gibson, Ciara Harper, Sonia Harper, Mary Patton, Noel Walton, Rita Winters
The Nouveau Program, Marion Peraza, director
Lauren Eylise, vocalist
Noah Hawes, rapper & narrator
Alan B. Jones, narrator
Daru Jones, drummer
Yalie Saweda Kamara, Cincinnati and Mercantile Library Poet Laureate
J.PERIOD, DJ/Producer
Gabrielle Walker, Youth Poet Laureate of Cincinnati

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Excerpt from Ode to Ethiopia   Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Finale from Symphony No. 1, Afro-American Symphony    William Grant Still
Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing   James Weldon Johnson
Original Poem by the Poet Laureate of Cincinnati   Yalie Saweda Kamara
The Word Was God   Rosephanye Powell
“Military March” from Othello Suite   Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, text: John Mercer Langston
The Weary Blues   Langston Hughes
Original Poem by the Youth Poet Laureate of Cincinnati   Gabrielle Walker
“Cumbia y Congo” from Danzas de Panama   William Grant Still
Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee   Ludwig van Beethoven


Psalm 8   Richard Smallwood, arr. Panion
Selections with Hi-Tek:    Various, orch. Derrick Hodge

Respiration/The Sun God/Round and Round
Music for Life
Move Something/The Blast/Come Down

“The Color Purple” from The Color Purple Revival *    Brenda Russell

NOTE: Portions of this performance include adult themes and language.

*The Color Purple Revival is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036. www.theatricalrights.com

The CSO is grateful to IDEA Series Sponsor Fifth Third Foundation, Artist Series Sponsor The Lazarow Schwartz Family Fund and Performance Sponsor JRH Consultants.

The Classical Roots concert was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louise H. and David S. Ingalls Foundation, Inc

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