American soprano Melissa Givens offers a recital this fall, of often-overlooked songs in her program “Out of the Shadows: Art Songs by Black Composers.” Givens will be joined by pianist Genevieve Feiwen Lee, in this celebration of songs by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, Zenobia Powell Perry and others set to texts by Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, Fred G. Bowles, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper and more.
Known for exciting audiences and critics alike with her rich, powerful tone, crystalline clarity, and intelligent musical interpretations, Melissa Givens is also an extremely versatile artist, regularly performing repertoire from the Baroque era through music of the twenty-first century. A champion of collaborative musical endeavors, Givens performs with various chamber music groups, including Conspirare: A Company of Voices, the 2015 Grammy®-winner for Best Choral Performance. A featured artist in Conspirare’s ongoing tours of Johnson’s groundbreaking oratorio “Considering Matthew Shepard,” recent performances also include George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of Children,” and the premiere of “Die Schöne Muellerin” by Tom Flaherty with Pomona College faculty and guest artists, as well as Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (chamber version) with the Greenbriar Consortium.
Melissa Givens is Assistant Professor at Pomona College.
Jeremiah Joseph: Dream Variations
Florence Price: Hold Fast to Dreams
Florence Price: The Heart of a Woman
Florence Price: Fantasy in Purple
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Songs of Sun and Shade
Zenobia Powell Perry: Threnody Song Cycle
Harry Thacker Burleigh: selections from Saracen Songs
Harry Thacker Burleigh: Lovely, Dark, and Lonely One
Rosephanye Powell: Miss Wheatley’s Garden