Recorded live February 20, 2022
at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
Ms. Opal Lee
Available for streaming March 8 - 31, 2022
Experience the virtual production of A Night of Black Excellence: Say It Loud - Songs of a Revolution!
Beginning March 8-31, you can stream this star-studded concert from the comfort of your home.
Tickets are $20 and the concert can be enjoyed for 72 hours from the first viewing.
Fort Worth Opera’s smash-hit Black History Month concert returns on February 20, 2022 with a starry line-up of internationally renowned artists. Co-curated and co-hosted by Metropolitan Opera superstar soprano Karen Slack and FWO General Director Afton Battle, this eagerly anticipated concert will feature rousing performances by renowned opera singers Michelle Johnson, Limmie Pulliam, Audra Scott, Karen Slack, Brandie Sutton, Veronica Williams, bassist Laesio Littlejohn, FWO Lesley Resident Artist Brandon Bell, and FWO Studio Artists Lwazi Hlati, Prosper Makhanya, and Ndumiso Nyoka.
This inspiring event will also feature composer/vocalist Jasmine Barnes, flutist Malcolm Payne, Jr., spoken word poet, artivist, and author Leslie N. Polk, and virtuoso pianists Dr. Gregory Thompson and Joseph Williams. These incredible musicians will be joined by Dallas’s award-winning David W. Carter High School Choir, the exhilarating Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble, and Sheran Goodspeed Keyton Gospel Ensemble, featuring pianist Myles Tate. Fort Worth Opera will also honor Ms. Opal Lee, 95-year-old “Grandmother of Juneteenth” and internationally beloved Fort Worth social impact leader, with a special tribute during the concert.
A Night of Black Excellence: Say It Loud - Songs of a Revolution will feature works by Cyrus Chestnut, Duke Ellington, Shawn Okpebholo, Nina Simone, original pieces composed and performed by Veronica Williams and Jasmine Barnes, and beloved classics by Puccini, Verdi, Massenet, and other great operatic composers.
“I am incredibly proud to join this amazing cast of American artists in celebration of Black excellence, says soprano Karen Slack. “After last year's overwhelmingly successful virtual concert, we are all anticipating a spectacular IN PERSON event bringing the people of Ft. Worth together for a thrilling evening of culture and the arts!"
- Karen Slack, Soprano
Proudly supported by:
Commissioner Roy Brooks and Dr. Jennifer Giddings Brooks
Marie "Doc" Holliday, DDS
Ryan & Rainelle Krause
Drs. Arlene & John Barnett
Keon Anderson, DDS
Brenda Marie Turner
Leslie N. Polk
Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble
David W. Carter High School Choir
Sheran Goodspeed Keyton
Producer & Director
FWO Director of COT Production & Civic Impact
Sr. Manager of Artistic and Production Adminstration
Charles W. Bush
Founder, Appointed Productions