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).