On the May 5, 2022 episode of Thursdays @ Three, host Christa Wessel presented an exclusive preview of An African American Requiem. She was joined by composer Damien Geter, choir conductor Dr. Katherine FitzGibbon, and renowned African American opera singers: Brandie Sutton, soprano; Bernard Holcomb, tenor; and Kenneth Overton, baritone. The program featured excerpts from the Requiem, plus African American spirituals, and more.
Damien Geter composed An African American Requiem to highlight the atrocities of race relations in the United States. Commissioned by Portland’s Resonance Ensemble, Geter’s work is a major musical composition for full orchestra, symphonic choir, and a quartet of African American vocal soloists. This requiem in nineteen movements will honor the victims of past lynchings through hanging, and present-day lynchings by way of police violence.
An African American Requiem will be performed by the Oregon Symphony, the African American Requiem Choir, singers from Resonance Ensemble, Kingdom Sound Gospel Choir, and other Portland-based choirs. William Eddins will conduct, and Resonance Ensemble’s Artistic Director Dr. Katherine FitzGibbon will prepare the chorus. The concert will also feature a quartet of renowned African American opera singers: Brandie Sutton, soprano; Karmesha Peake, mezzo-soprano; Bernard Holcomb, tenor; and Kenneth Overton, baritone.
On Saturday, May 7, 2022, All Classical Portland will present a bi-coastal broadcast of Damien Geter’s An African American Requiem. The live broadcast will begin at 5:50 PM PT (8:50 PM ET) on 89.9 FM in Portland, WQXR 105.9 FM in New York, and streaming worldwide via our live player.
The program will be hosted by WQXR’s Terrance McKnight and All Classical Portland’s Suzanne Nance. Learn more about this ground breaking broadcast.
This broadcast is generously sponsored by First Republic Bank.