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February 20, 2022 at 2:00pm

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

Karen Slack


Afton Battle



Last February, Fort Worth Opera presented its inaugural celebration of Black History Month, A Night of Black Excellence: Past, Present, and Future. This inspiring virtual concert was the most successful event of the company’s 2020-2021 season. With the generous support of North Texas Community Foundation's Fund to Advance Racial Equity Grant, next February it will return with live performances at Fort Worth’s historic I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA on February 20, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Hailed throughout the opera world for her exquisite artistry and breathtakingly beautiful voice, Metropolitan Opera superstar soprano Karen Slack (Porgy and Bess, 2019 Festival) returns to FWO to co-curate this star-packed concert with General Director Afton Battle. Featuring arias and songs exclusively by Black and Afro-Latino(a) composers, the event will be held within the 900-seat auditorium of one of Fort Worth’s most revered educational institutions. Opened in 1882, I.M. Terrell was the city’s first Black school during the era of formal racial segregation in the United States and has produced many prominent 20th century luminaries, including jazz musician Ornette Coleman, Civil Rights leader Vada Phillips Felder, and Tuskegee Airman Robert T. McDaniel. Details about the concert, which will be headlined by some of the most extraordinary Black artists from within and beyond the world of classical music, to be announced at a later date. 

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