Sounds of the Season 2022

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Sounds of the Season 2022

Enjoy a special performance by America's premier bass-baritone, Ivan Griffin, supporting a preservation project. (Photo by Cedric Ellsworth)

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Grace Episcopal Church and Historical Marker 11621 Ferdinand Street Saint Francisville, LA 70775

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No Refunds

About this event

  • 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

The Performers:


American bass-baritone Ivan Griffin has delighted audiences in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Holland, and South Africa. His operatic engagements include Lawyer Frazier in Michigan Opera Theatre’s Porgy and Bess, a role that he was invited to reprise during a European tour of the opera. Ivan made his Spoleto Festival USA 2016 debut in the role of Robbins in Porgy and Bess. He was also featured as the King in the world premiere of Afram ou la Belle Swita by Edmund Thornton Jenkins. Additionally he has appeared as Lucien Aubry in Minette Fontaine with OperaCréole, Rev. Olin Blitch in Susannah with Buffalo Lyric Opera, Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro and Papageno in The Magic Flute with Western New York Opera Theater. A frequent guest with New Orleans Opera, he has appeared in such productions as Madame Butterfly (Il Commissario), Der Vampyr (Toms Blunt), La Boheme (Benoit), Carmen (Lt. Zuniga), La Traviata (Dr. Grenvil), and Tosca (Cesare Angelotti). His concert, Songs of A People: Music of the African-American Experience, was a feature at both Marigny Opera House and Trinity Episcopal Church Artists Series in 2015. He also had the pleasure of performing the National Anthem on November 19, 2017 for the New Orleans Saints vs. the Washington Redskins game in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Follow Mr. Griffin at


Opening for Mr. Griffin, is local talent, Calandria Allen. Music is in Ms. Allen's blood, her musicianship birthed through her parents. Her father is an organist and vocalist. Her mother is a vocalist, drummer, and songwriter. Her grandfather was a guitarist. She studied his fingers and hand motions so she could sneak and play his guitar during his nap time. These moments opened the door for Ms. Allen to teach herself how to play the guitar, later leading her to found Landi"s Lead Notes, a music instruction school that focuses on cultivating the talent of individuals. Music has always been a massive part of her life. Follow Ms. Allen on Facebook at

The Cause:

All proceeds from the concert benefit the effort to restore The Old Benevolent Society building, located in St. Francisville's Historic District. The building, which was added to Louisiana's Most Endangered Places List in 2018, played a special role in local African American history.

The West Feliciana Historical Society and the Old Benevolent Society Restoration Committee are proud to offer this special event and greatly appreciate your support.

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