GERSHWIN’S PORGY AND BESS

Sat Feb 24, 2018, 8pm

Porgy Kevin Deas
Bess Marlissa Hudson
Crown Michael Redding
Sportin’ Life Chauncey Packer
Serena Aundi Moore
Jake Edward Pleasant
Clara/Maria NaGuanda Nobles
Mingo/Peter Robbins Colin Eaton

National Philharmonic Chorale
Stan Engebretson, conductor

Groundbreaking, daring, adventurous, genre defying! Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess is a work without peer in the history of American music. Described by the composer himself as a “folk opera,” Porgy and Bess features an array of spirituals, folk songs and such classics as Summertime. Since its premiere, with an all African-American cast of classically trained singers, the opera has become a potent symbol of race relations in American, and a work that forever changed the boundaries of opera.

Bass-baritone Kevin Deas, “who has garnered international acclaim for his portrayal of Porgy in Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess," –The Morning Call

American soprano Marlissa Hudson has been described as a “superb lyric coloratura.” -- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Sponsored by Patricia Haywood Moore and Roscoe M. Moore Jr.

Kids age 7-17 are free. Kids Free tickets can be purchased online, by mail, phone (301-581-5100) or in person at the Strathmore Ticket Office.

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