Count Basie

orchestra & chamber music series 

Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices

Musical direction by Damien Sneed
with Amanda Bottoms & Raven McMillon

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
7:30 p.m.

Woltosz Theatre

Created and directed by composer, conductor and multi-genre musician Damien Sneed, Our Song, Our Story: The New Generation of Black Voices is an evening of music highlighting some of the world’s best-known operatic arias, art songs and spirituals. The concert brings together two of today’s most exciting operatic voices in a diverse and powerful event featuring Amanda Bottoms and Raven McMillon accompanied by a string quartet and Damien Sneed on piano. 

This will be an evening of memorable and beautiful music as they pay homage to Marian Anderson and Jessye Norman, who have paved the way for them and other African American opera singers. The repertoire features compositions by Florence Price, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi, Richard Strauss, Harry T. Burleigh and a newly commissioned work by Sneed. 

Count Basie Orchestra Program

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Count Basie Orchestra Program

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“Damien Sneed is an ambassador for classical and gospel music who brings positivity, optimism and thoroughness to every occasion. In the realest sense, he uses his artistry to make our world a better place.”
— Wynton Marsalis

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