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Classical Roots

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Orchestra Hall
Saturday, March 8, 2014 – 8:00 PM

Concert Description

World-renowned soprano Kathleen Battle will headline the 36th Annual DSO Classical Roots performance, celebrating African American contributions to classical music. Joined by the Brazeal Dennard Chorale, DSO Music Director Leonard Slatkin will lead Ms. Battle's Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey program of spirituals from “Go Down Moses” to “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot."
Kathleen Battle’s soaring voice has carried her to the heights of the classical music world. The range of the five-time Grammy winner’s repertoire spans three centuries from the Baroque era to contemporary works, which she performs with symphony orchestras and in recital halls around the world. Perhaps what distinguishes this luminous soprano most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering bond with audiences through a voice that is “…without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world” (The Washington Post).


Leonard Slatkin, conductor  Bio

Internationally renowned conductor Leonard Slatkin began his tenure as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2008. In addition, Maestro Slatkin is the Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon, a position he has held since 2011. He is highly regarded for his historic leadership of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra from 1979 to 1996 and his tenure as Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra from 1996 to 2008. He has also served as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and held Principal Guest Conductor positions with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Learn more at leonardslatkin.com

Brazeal Dennard Chorale, chorus   Bio

Founded in 1972 by the late Brazeal Dennard, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale is currently led by Alice McAllister Tillman. The Chorale has been a part of the Classcial Roots Celebration since its inception. 

Learn more at www.brazealdennard.org


Kathleen Battle, soprano