lift-every-voice-concertTamara Tunie and Damon Young performing "What You, In Fact, Have" at the Lift Every Voice concert on February 29, 2020

Friday Night Concerts

Lift Every Voice: Reflections on community through voice and music

Friday, June 5 at 8PM

Excerpts from concerts recorded live at Heinz Hall in 2018-2020

For the Friday Night Concert this week, we will present Lift Every Voice: Reflections on community voice and music. In light of the horrific acts of racial injustice, violent attacks, and unrest happening across the country, we are taking this night to turn the spotlight on legacy and contemporary voices of artists, activists, and social justice leaders. The concert will offer a pause for expression and reflection as well as hope, peace and unity. Tonight’s presentation was drawn from music, artists, and text from the three Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Lift Every Voice concerts performed and recorded live at Heinz Hall in 2018, 2019, and 2020. The groundbreaking text of Toni Morrison and James Baldwin is woven throughout the incredibly moving Cento “What You, In Fact, Have” by Jessica Lanay, which is read by Tamara Tunie and Damon Young. You will hear inspirational music by Billy Strayhorn, Kathryn Bostic, and Florence Price performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Under the direction of Nicol Porter, the Lift Every Voice Unity Choir, comprised of members from 13 Pittsburgh area churches, will open the concert with “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” and the amazing vocalist Demareus Cooper will close the concert with Amazing Grace.


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