Opera singers presenting program celebrating King’s legacy

To celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University is presenting “Lift Every Voice,” a musical celebration, at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21.
This program will feature soprano Kimberly Jones, tenor Cornelius Johnson and baritone Adrian Dunn with Paul Hamilton on piano.
The program marks the black experience through opera, Broadway musicals, spirituals and art songs. The program’s host will be John Concepcion, a Lyric Opera tenor and curator of the center’s “Opera Up Close” series.
Seating will be on the center’s stage for an up-close experience with the performers.
The program will feature songs from popular favorites, including “Porgy and Bess,” “Ragtime” and “Showboat.” It also features works by notable African American composers Uzee Brown and Chicago composer and pianist Dolores White, an American Women’s Heritage Society honoree and speaker on women in music, Afro-Cuban music and African American arts. 
The $55 ticket fee includes a glass of wine and soul food buffet. For additional information, visit CenterTickets.net or call the Center for Performing Arts at 708-235-2222. 
This performance is part of the center’s “Opera Up Close” programming, which brings local artists from the Lyric Opera to the south suburbs for intimate performances. The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, is providing partial funding for this event.

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