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Recorded live February 20, 2022

at I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

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Karen Slack


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Afton Battle


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Ms. Opal Lee


Virtual Production

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 JohnsonLimmie PulliamAudra ScottKaren SlackBrandie SuttonVeronica Williams, bassist Laesio Littlejohn, FWO Lesley Resident Artist Brandon Bell, and FWO Studio Artists Lwazi HlatiProsper 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:

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Commissioner Roy Brooks and Dr. Jennifer Giddings Brooks

Marie "Doc" Holliday, DDS

Ryan & Rainelle Krause

Drs. Arlene & John Barnett

Keon Anderson, DDS

Alpha Academy

Leah King

Brenda Marie Turner

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Jasmine Barnes

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Brandon Bell

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Lwazi Hlati

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Michelle Johnson

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Sheran Goodspeed Keyton

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Laesio Littlejohn

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Prosper Makhanya

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Ndumiso Nyoka

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Malcolm Payne

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Leslie N. Polk

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Limmie Pulliam

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Audra Scott

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Karen Slack

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Brandie Sutton

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Dr. Gregory Thompson

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Joseph Williams

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Veronica Williams

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Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble


David W. Carter High School Choir


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 Sheran Goodspeed Keyton

Producer & Director

FWO Director of COT Production & Civic Impact


Tyrinika Marie

Production Manager

Sr. Manager of Artistic and Production Adminstration 

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Charles W. Bush

Video Production

Founder, Appointed Productions

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