Upcoming Performances

On the program are also choral arrangements and compositions by the notable African American composer Nathaniel R. Dett, a pioneer, innovator, and trailblazer in American music at the beginning of the 20th century; Florence Price, the first female composer of African descent to have a symphonic work performed by a major national symphony orchestra; Ysaÿe Barnwell, a composer, arranger, author, actress, and former member of the Black women’s a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock; Gustavo Cerati, an Argentine musician, singer-songwriter and record producer, who gained international recognition for being the leader, vocalist, composer and guitarist of the rock band Soda Stereo; and works by other composers and arrangers from North and South America.

Crescendo Chorus and soloists Nadia Aguilar, soprano, Igor Ferreira, tenor, and Jermaine Woodard Jr., baritone, with an instrumental ensemble: flute, quena and tarka (Andean flutes), toyo (Andean pan flute), clarinet, charango, guitar, viola, piano, organ, conducted by Crescendo’s Founding Artistic Director Christine Gevert.

“To bridge ethnic, political, generational, and religious division, and transcend the arbitrary boundaries that separate us from each other.” — John Myers

Preview by David Noel Edwards

The Berkshire Edge

Posted April 21, 2023

These concerts have been made possible in part with support from CT Humanities (CTH), with funding provided by the Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature.