The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) has announced the program and guest artists for its annual Classical Roots concert on April 22, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Cincinnati Music Hall. Led by conductor John Morris Russell, the CSO will celebrate “Black Voices and Stories from American Music and Theater” with selections from opera, film and Broadway.
Highlights include music by Ragtime and The Wiz and arias from the highly acclaimed opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Terence Blanchard and Castor and Patience by Gregory Spears, which will have its world premiere with the Cincinnati Opera in July. The Classical Roots program will also pay tribute to Grammy-winning gospel group from Cincinnati, Charles Fold Singers, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2021.
The CSO will be joined by the Classical Roots Community Choir with soloists Ciara Harper and Noël Walton, conducted by resident conductor William Henry Caldwell; talented young musicians from the CSO’s Nouveau program, coached by Felipe Morales-Torres and artistic advisor Marion Peraza de Webb; operatic sensation Talise Trevigne; and Emmy-, Tony-, and SAG-nominated Norm Lewis, the first African-American actor to play the role of the Phantom in the long-running Broadway production Phantom of the Opera. Lewis recently starred in Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods to critical acclaim.