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Night Songs

  • Roxbury Community College 1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury Crossing, MA 02120 (map)

Art songs both old and new explore the depth of Black poetry in song. Works for strings, voice, and piano by Ethan Frederick Greene, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and H. Leslie Adams intertwine with world premieres by LJ White, Frank S. Li, and Samuel Beebe. The power of Black poetry is illuminated through song. 

Fred C. VanNess Jr., tenor
Farah Darliette, soprano
Shaw Pong Liu, violin
Olga Patramanska-Bell, violin
Ashleigh Gordon, viola
Javier Caballero, cello
Anthony Green, piano

Full Program:
(click on the NAME to learn more about the composers/poets!)

  • H. Leslie Adams "Nightsongs" with poetry by Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Clarissa Scott Delany, James Weldon Johnson and Morgan Collins
  • Ethan Frederick Greene "Three Eady Songs" with poetry byCornelius Eady
  • LJ White"Way Down Yonder" with poetry by Rickey Laurentiis
  • Frank S. Li "The Heart of a Woman" with poetry by Georgia Douglas Johnson
  • Dorothy Rudd Moore "Sonnets on Love, Rosebuds, and Death" with poetry by Alice Dunbar Nelson and Gwendolyn B. Bennett
  • Samuel Beebe "Rocking Chair Child" with poetry by Sonia Sanchez


(Reception and Q&A to follow)

Earlier Event: December 4
Christmas Time
Later Event: October 12
A Night of Music