Art Song & Concert Spiritual

It was momentous, Marian Anderson’s Lincoln Memorial Concert. On Easter Sunday, 1939, in response to being denied the use of DAR Constitution Hall due to her race, Anderson found herself […]

Introducing the Cantata with Margaret Bonds 

Growing up in Chicago, Margaret Bonds was surrounded by music. Her mother, Estella Bonds, was an organist and fixture of the South Side’s classical music scene. Her composition teachers included […]

Introducing the Oratorio with George Frideric Handel

Even if you don’t know it, you’ve probably heard it. I’m talking about “Hallelujah” from George Frideric Handel’s oratorio, Messiah. Celebrating the triumph of the Christian savior, Jesus Christ, over […]