Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall

November 9, 2019 - November 09, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
St George's Round Church, 2222 Brunswick St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2Z3 , Canada
Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall
November 9, 2019 - November 09, 2019
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Genius Child: Portia White at Town Hall

St George's Round Church, 2222 Brunswick St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2Z3 , Canada

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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.


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

Location

St George's Round Church, 2222 Brunswick St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 2Z3 , Canada

Additonal Toursim Resources
African Nova Scotian Directory - Google Local Guide
African Nova Scotian Tourism Guide
Africville Story Map
Destination Liberty: Your guide to Black Historic Travel Destinations in Nova Scotia
Historical Black Settlements in Nova Scotia (Google Map)
Jamaican Maroons in Halifax: A Black Canadian History Guide
Nova Scotia Toursim: Discover African Nova Scotia

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