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SONGS OF A NATIVE SON

February 12, 2023 at 2:00pm

I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM & VPA

1411 I M Terrell Cir S

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Afton Battle

Curator

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Commissioner Roy C. Brooks

Honoree

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Tyrinika Marie

Production Manager

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 Sheran Goodspeed Keyton

Producer & Director

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Alfrelynn Roberts

Music Director

About

In February, Fort Worth Opera will continue its annual celebration of Black History Month with A Night of Black Excellence: Songs of a Native Son. This year’s live performances, curated by General and Artistic Director Afton Battle and Music Director Alfrelynn Roberts, at Fort Worth’s historic I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA will feature performances from singers John Holiday, Donnie Ray Albert, Naguanda Nobles and Tesia Kwarteng. Joined by the ANOBE Ensemble, Dr. Clark Joseph, Monya Davis Logan, Lesio Littlejohn and Cassidy Robinson, along with poet Leslie N. Polk, the Cosmopolitan Dance Troupe, members of our Hattie Mae Lesley Resident and Studio Artists and more!

 

This year’s A Night of Black Excellence will honor Commissioner Roy C. Brooks for his years of service to Tarrant Country and Fort Worth. As we look to highlight, celebrate and lift up the Black Men who lead and are pillars of our community, Songs of a Native Son will include musical performances that fill our souls and hearts. 

Cast

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Donnie Ray Albert

Baritone

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Tesia Kwarteng

Mezzo-Soprano

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NaGuanda Nobles

Soprano

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Adia Evans

Soprano

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John Holiday

Tenor

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Kaswanna Kanyinda

Mezzo-Soprano

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Ndumiso Nyoka

Tenor

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Malcolm Payne, Jr.

Baritone

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Dr. Erica Vernice Simmons

Soprano