31 Mar 2019 -- Spring concert
The program will feature:
Robert McNichols, Jr., baritone, accompanied by Chris White, pianist, performing art songs and spirituals by African-American composers, including Margaret Bonds, Harry T. Burleigh and Florence Beatrice Price.
American bass-baritone, Robert McNichols, Jr. has been making a name for himself as an “artist worthy of being noticed” (The Kansas City Star, 2010). He is the Assistant Professor of Music for Harris-Stowe State University, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Opera degree from the University of Kansas. McNichols is Founder and Conductor of the Black Musical Arts Community Choir of Kansas City who’s mission is to spread awareness of music by African-American composers, showcase talented African-American musical artists, provide performing opportunities in the Kansas City metro area and abroad, and educate the Kansas City metro area African-American community about classical music.
Performances by Mr. McNichols include:
A highlights concert of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman in Kansas City, and a solo recital at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, the bass soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Southern Missouri State University, the bass soloist in Mozart's C Minor Mass with the William Baker Festival Singers, and two world premieres including The Devil and the Law with Chamber Project St. Louis, and the role of Oloferno in The Borgia Infami with Winter Opera of Saint Louis. He was a guest soloist with the Gateway Men's Chorus performing Vaughn-Williams' Five Mystical Songs, the baritone soloist in Manchester United Church's performance of The Last Seven Words of Christ, and the roles of Mr. Bascombe, Starkeeper, and Dr. Seldom in Union Avenue Opera's production of Carousel. He was the Narrator for The Lincoln Portraits with the St. Louis Symphony. He also performed as co-producer, musical director, and soloist of A Classical Cabaret: Featuring excerpts of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with The Black Rep as part of their New Works Festival.