Frank Ward, Jr., bass-baritone, and Stephen Martorella, piano
Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 4:00pm
First Baptist Church in America, 75 North Main Street, Providence, RI
HOW: The program will include songs from minstrel / vaudeville / early musical theater shows written by African-American Composers around 1900. Many of the songs were performed by the most popular entertainers of the day. These African-American composers were contemporaries of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and Cole Porter, and include songs written by James Weldon Johnson and J. Rosamond Johnson, the writers of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The goal is to demystify and remove negative stigmatisms associated with African-American Composers and their music from this era.
ADMISSION: Free and open to the general public
CONTACT: For more information, contact First Baptist Church at (401)454-3418 or visit http://www.frankwardjr.com