A Century of Black Song: Louise Toppin, soprano & friends
Free admission. Part of the Mellon Humanities Unbounded Lab, "Black Music and the Soul of America."
Featuring music, lyrics, and performances by: Louise Toppin [Soprano and Narrator], John O'Brien [Piano], Tyrese Byrd [Vocalist], Lori Hicks [Composer, Vocalist], Jaki Shelton Green [Poet], Regina Harris Baiocchi [Composer], Anthony "Ay-Jaye" Nelson, Jr. [Choreographer, Dancer].
Works by Undine Smith Moore, David Baker, Leslie Adams, Bill Banfield, and others.
Louise Toppin is Professor of Voice at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, she was the Kappa Kappa Gamma Distinguished University Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on the music of African-American composers, and she has edited anthologies of art songs by Black composers including the first anthology of songs by Margaret Bonds.