America/We Need to Talk

Sunday, March 24, 2019 3pm • Sanders Theatre


WILLIAM GRANT STILL, And They Lynched Him on a Tree
FRED ONOVWEROSUOKE, Caprice for piano and orchestra
ONOVWEROSUOKE, A Triptych of American Voices: A Cantata of the People
{World Premiere}

The Heritage Chorale of New Haven,
Jonathan Q. Berryman, Director
Tai Oney, countertenor
Jonas Budris, tenor
Sylvia V. C. Twine, mezzo-soprano  
Ron Williams, narrator

Darryl Hollister, piano

Voices of American composers and poets call for dialogue, justice, and affirmation that Black lives matter. 

Featuring a kaleidoscopic world premiere by an immigrant composer that shines light on America through the prisms of three great poems: Paul Laurence Dunbar's "Sympathy" ("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings"), Langston Hughes' "As I Grew Older,” and Michael Castro's "We Need to Talk.” 

Plus Coro Allegro and The Heritage Chorale of New Haven reprise the 20th anniversary of their historical collaboration of LGBTQ+ and African American choruses, on a work by William Grant Still to mark the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice (the Lynching Memorial).

Also on the program is Onovwerosuoke’s Caprice for piano and orchestra, commissioned by Coro Allegro in 2016 for pianist Darryl Hollister.

Soloists include countertenor Tai Oney, lauded by the Opera News for the “richness and pliability of his [voice]," tenor Jonathan Budris, praised by Boston Globe as “bright and intense," and the "powerfully affecting . . . ravishing and lush,” mezzo soprano, Sylvia V. C. Twine. With Baritone Ron Williams, narrator.

The 12th Annual Daniel Pinkham Award will be presented to Darryl Hollister, champion of African and African American composers and Coro Allegro’s beloved accompanist from 1993-2018.