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The Slave Dwelling Project, Historic Charleston Foundation, and the Charleston Gaillard Center present Prints in Clay on Sept. 15. This day-long program is a multimedia artistic and educational exploration into the many significant contributions of African-Americans to the history and culture of the community. The day consists of a historical tour, a visual exhibit, a curated dinner, and an evening concert. Tickets on sale at gaillardcenter.org.
Honoring music spanning the 18th and most of the 19th centuries this powerful concert inspired by African-American Spirituals will be sung by mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, with piano, an instrumental septet and highly acclaimed The Lowcountry Voices featuring arrangements by Musical Director Wycliffe Gordon.
American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “rich, dark, exciting sound” (Opera News) is quickly becoming one of opera’s fastest-rising talents. Her 2018-19 season includes her Carnegie Hall Recital debut, a return to the San Francisco Opera for her house role debut as Carmen, her role debut of Kasturbai in Satyagraha at LA Opera, as well as international debuts at Dutch National Opera and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
Renowned musician, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon is a veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and original member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Gordon’s arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe. The world famous Apollo Theater celebrated 75 years by commissioning Gordon as the musical director and composer of a new work that premiered May 2011.
Lowcountry Voices performs all genres of music with an emphasis on African-American music performed in the South Carolina Lowcountry tradition. It shares the musical flavor of the Lowcountry throughout the United States and internationally. Founding Director Nathan L. Nelson has a passion for preserving the cultural legacy and authenticity of African-American music. A native Charlestonian Nelson has conducted in England and Africa and mesmerized sold out audiences throughout the Southeast.