Contemporary African American Art Songs
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Modern vocal works that hark back to traditional sounds with a colorful, modern edge.

It is common practice in scholarly circles to honor an individual or institution with a festschrift, a collection of essays or articles written by close associates, former students, colleagues, or those with interests relevant to the life's work of the honoree. In that spirit, Videmus (the non-profit musical organization devoted to furthering the music of African American composers and artists) offers this CD as a musical celebration of Dr. Willis Patterson's commanding achievements in performance, education, and administration. If a composer like William Grant Still is considered the "Dean of African-American composers," then "Dean" Patterson, as he is affectionately known by many, could certainly be considered "Dean" of a long line of distinguished black performer/educators that stretch back at least to the 19th century. His commitment to the music of African-Americans exemplified by the 1977 Anthology of Art Songs by Black Composers fostered the scholarly research and performance of this literature by many artists including those on this recording and Jessye Norman.
Leslie Adams, composer
Five Millay Songs
Darryl Taylor, tenor, Patrick O'Donnell, piano

Leslie Adams, composer
Sence You Went Away
Louise Toppin, soprano, Patrick O'Donnell, piano

Leslie Adams, composer
Duet and Recitative from Act II of Blake
Timothy Jones, baritone, Christina Clark, soprano, Michelle Beaton, piano, Jorge Parodi, piano

Valerie Capers, composer
Song of the Seasons
Anita Johnson, soprano, Timothy Holley, cello, Susan Gray, piano

John Carter, composer
Ray Wade, tenor, Susan Gray, piano

Cedric Dent, composer
Somebody's Knocking at your Door
Cedric Dent, piano

Adolphus Hailstork, composer
Slave Song
Alvy Powell, bass-baritone, Byron Burford, piano

Eugene Hancock, composer
James Patterson, bass-baritone, Patrick O'Donnell, piano

Wendell Whalum, composer
Sweet Jesus
Sam McKelton, tenor, Louise Toppin, piano

Wendell Whalum, composer
God is a God
Sam McKelton, tenor, Louise Toppin, piano

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