Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey
Joel A. Martin, Piano
Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
The prima donna made a triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera last year, capped by five encores. Kathleen Battle’s Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey chronicles the courageous quest for freedom by America’s slaves. Battle draws from her own musical roots with this collection of spirituals, performed with a gospel choir. Following her sold out appearance at the Met, Battle reprises the program in Los Angeles, choosing VPAC for its renowned acoustics.
“It all added up to a long, packed and thoroughly enjoyable evening; the capacity audience in the Concert Hall certainly got its money’s worth. Rather than witnessing a memorial to a soprano’s storied past, we got something vital and compelling and very much in the present; and I came away with new respect and admiration for Battle.” -Washington Post | Read More