<September 2014>

Classical Roots

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Orchestra Hall
Saturday, March 8 – 8:00 PM

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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 acclaimed American conductor Leonard Slatkin began his appointment as Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in September of 2008. He was recently named Music Director of the Orchestre National de Lyon (ONL), France, beginning with the 2011-12 season. In addition, Mr. Slatkin continues to serve as Principal Guest Conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, a post that began in the fall of 2008.
Learn more at www.leonardslatkin.com.

Brazeal Dennard Chorale, chorus   Bio

Founded in 1972 by the late Brazeal Dennard, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale is currently led by Dr. Augustus O. Hill. The Chorale has been a part of the Classcial Roots Celebration since its inception.

Learn more at www.brazealdennard.org

Kathleen Battle, soprano