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Music expresses a culture in different ways. Celebrate the end of Black History Month in a concert featuring the music of Black composers’ classical arrangements of a powerful form of music that carried a race of people from slavery to emancipation – the Negro Spirituals. These songs contributed to the birth of jazz, and to the uplift of outstanding Black singers and musicians. Our opera community is historically linked to the promotion of these artists. Featured in the program are classical compositions of William Grant Still’s Here’s One and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Deep River; and music of Ellington and Strayhorn in performance by Chicago’s acclaimed soprano Joelle Lamarre, led by classical violinist, James Sanders with pianist, Donald Neale and bassist, Christian Dillingham.