New Generation of Young African-American Opera Singers to Celebrate Black Composers

3/1/2012, 2:48 p.m.

"Special Music Program to Feature Arts Songs and Spirituals"

An extraordinary musical concert, "A Celebration of Black Composers in Art Songs and Spirituals," featuring five outstanding up and coming young opera superstars and an equally accomplished pianist on a concert Steinway who will celebrate the works of black composers of historic spirituals and rarely heard art songs. Operatic vocalists will include Samantha McElhaney (soprano), Alia Waheed (soprano), Bridgette Cooper (mezzo-soprano), Issachah Savage (Tenor), Kevin Thompson (Bass) and accomplished pianist, Victor Simonson.

The event will be held at 4 p.m., March 11 at First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., 1328 16th Street, NW.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature soloists with world-class operatic-size voices who thrill audiences with their artistry and musical presentations of art songs and familiar spirituals - the unique American folk music beloved by peoples around the globe.

For more information, please visit www.firstbaptistdc.org