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Fri, Feb 16, 2018 7:00pm –


Miller Theatre
2960 Broadway
New York  New York  10027
United States
Harlem Opera Theater

Salute Black History: "Lift Every Voice and Sing"

LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING ~ Harlem Opera Theater will present a tribute to the 145th Anniversary of the life of composer John Rosamond Johnson, who wrote the music for “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, and his brother, James Weldon Johnson who wrote the lyrics. The song was dedicated by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as the Negro National Anthem in 1900. Together the Johnson brothers wrote and arranged over 200 songs and J. Rosemond Johnson wrote 150 spirituals. Robert “Bob” Cole, producer, partnered with the J. R. Johnson to produce Broadway shows. producing two popular all-black operettas on Broadway, The Shoo-Fly Regiment (1906) and The Red Moon (1908). J. Rosamond Johnson was also an actor and appeared in the first production of Porgy and Bess. The fine classical voices of Harlem Opera Theater will bring the works of John Rosamond Johnson to the concert stage as we present art songs and spirituals. Ileana Santamaria, soprano; Lucia Bradford, mezzo-soprano; Alexander Mason, tenor; Daniel Rich, baritone; Dr. Gregory Hopkins, Artistic Director, on piano.