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News Flash
Feb. 1, 2016
For Immediate Release—Houston Ebony Opera Guild's Annual African American Music Gala. Click here to download a PDF of this news release.

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Houston Ebony Opera Guild

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Release Date: February 1, 2016
Contact: Houston Ebony Music Society, Inc., 713-335-3800 or 713-591-6439, ebonymusic92@earthlink.net

"My Lord, What A Morning": African American Music Gala 2016
A Black History Month Celebration!

“My Lord, What A Morning” is the uplifting title of Houston Ebony Opera Guild Chorus’s upcoming Annual African American Music Gala: A Concert of Works by Black Composers. In a program featuring arrangements of Spirituals and original compositions by several African American classical composers, the Guild’s chorus and soloists will perform under the baton of Roland M. Carter who is returning as guest conductor.

CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS:
Among the concert’s major highlights will be “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes,” Adolphus Hailstork’s famed cantata for chorus and tenor soloist, and selections by Harry T. Burleigh, the trailblazing Black composer born in 1866—in the immediate aftermath of slavery. Music by Robert L. Morris, Edward Margetson, and Robert A. Henry, founder of Houston Ebony Opera Guild, will also be performed.

CONTEXT AND SIGNIFICANCE:
This concert will add the music of African American classical musicians (composers, singers, conductors, and instrumentalists) to Houston’s celebration of Black History Month. In particular, the program will celebrate these significant birth anniversaries:

  • sesquicentennial of Harry T. Burleigh (1866 -1949), a pioneering African American classical composer and arranger (beginning in the late 19th century); the first black composer to be instrumental in the development of characteristically American music;
  • centennial of Robert A. Henry (1916-1996), founder of Houston Ebony Opera Guild, choral conductor, pianist, composer, and expert in vocal pedagogy;
  • 75th jubilee of Adolphus Hailstork (b. 1941), an African American who is one of today’s leading American composers, and whose works blend ideas from both the African American and European traditions;
  • 75th jubilee of Robert L. Morris (b. 1941), founding artistic director of the Leigh Morris Chorale, noted accompanist, and a composer hailed as influential in the field of African American music.

WHEN? WHERE? HOW MUCH?
The Annual African American Music Gala will be held at 4 p.m., Sunday, February 28, 2016 at Westbury United Methodist Church, 5200 Willowbend Boulevard, Houston 77096. Tickets are available online at www.houstonebonymusic.org or from Friends of Houston Ebony Opera Guild 713-335-3800. General admission tickets: $30 in advance/$35 at the door. Group Rate: $25 per ticket for a group of 10 or more. Patron tickets are also available at $50 each;the patron’s name will be printed in the concert program if payment is received by February 19. Call Friends of Houston Ebony Opera Guild at 713-3353800 for more information.

NOTE TO MEDIA:
Dr. Jason Oby, artistic director of Houston Ebony Opera Guild, is available for interviews.

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