Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall


This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of celebrated African Nova Scotian contralto Portia White’s 1944 New York City debut at the Town Hall, a concert venue with a distinguished history of presenting early twentieth-century African American performers, including soprano Marian Anderson, bass-baritone Paul Robeson, and jazz singer Billie Holiday. Only after garnering wide acclaim from this landmark recital was White permitted to sing in many Nova Scotia concert halls, which had previously barred her because of her race. To celebrate the anniversary of this historic achievement, African American lyric coloratura soprano Harolyn Blackwell revisits White's historic NYC concert with "Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall" featuring works performed by White during the pivotal Manhattan recital while also showcasing a collection of beautiful songs encompassing poetry by the timeless, and timely, African American writer and social activist Langston Hughes. Recognized for her expressive and exuberant performances, and for her radiant voice, Blackwell began her career on Broadway in the first revival of Leonard Bernstein’s "West Side Story". Shortly afterward, she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera, performing in many productions at The Met and with major opera companies and orchestras around the world. For this very special evening, Grammy Award-winning Blackwell will be accompanied by prize-winning Texan pianist Danny Zelibor. Presented in partnership with the Nova Scotia Talent Trust


Sat November 9, 2019 07:30 pm To: Sat - November 9, 2019
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St George's Round Church

2222 Brunswick St
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2Z3