Lunch with the Opera: Kenneth Overton
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Join the Harvey B. Gantt Center in partnership with Opera Carolina for a very special lunchtime talk with Baritone Kenneth Overton. Heralded by the BBC for his “exceptional voice” and his acclaimed interpretation of the title role in Porgy and Bess, Overton is crafting a legacy in the world of opera and musical theater. Performing in Opera Carolina’s presentation of Nabucco, Kenneth will lead us in an exploration of African-Americans in opera, and share a short yet powerful performance at the end of the program.
About Kenneth Overton
Mr. Overton has won numerous vocal competitions and awards, including the Leontyne Price Vocal Competition, and his career has taken him to musical theater, opera, and symphonic stages around the world, including but not limited to: American Spiritual Ensemble, Cape Town Opera, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Houston Ebony Opera, Lithuanian State Symphony, Nashville Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Carolina, Opera Delaware, Opera de Montreal, Royal Danish Opera, Sacramento Opera, among many others.
In collaboration with pianist Kevin Miller, Kenneth released his first solo CD in the fall of 2013. Been In De Storm So Long: Songs My Fathers Taught Me, is his homage to the spiritual tradition that has been formative in his artistic life. In step with this legacy, Kenneth is also co-founder and artistic director of Opera Noire of New York, a performing arts organization created to empower African-American artists to reach their full creative potential in a creative supportive environment.
To learn more or purchase tickets to Opera Carolina’s performance of Nabucco, please visit http://www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/nabucco
When & Where
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Cultural Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey B. Gantt, the prominent Charlotte architect and community leader and former Mayor of Charlotte, the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American art. Please visit www.ganttcenter.org