Saturday, May 20, 2023 @ 7:00pm – 9:00pm (EDT)
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Traditional — Selected works (spirituals; 125th birthday tribute to Paul Robeson)
Ludwig van BeethovenEgmont, Op. 84

Orpheus stands up for justice and freedom in this homage to courageous voices. Beethoven, an unyielding critic of despots, channeled his ardor and rage into music for Goethe's historical drama about a local hero defying foreign occupiers. Featuring an incisive new translation and the clarion voice of Karen Slack, Orpheus illuminates the eternal truths of Egmont. Will Liverman, the "muscular-voiced baritone" (The New York Times) who astonished the world with his starring role in Terence Blanchard's Fire Shut Up in My Bones at the Metropolitan Opera, joins Orpheus to reimagine spirituals in a tribute to the heroic singer-activist Paul Robeson.