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Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano

Marietta Simpson, mezzo-soprano

Performing as part of Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America, mezzo-soprano Marietta Simpson "endows everything she sings with uncommon intelligence" (San Francisco Chronicle).

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About

Making her Fortas debut as part of the Kennedy Center's Joyful Sounds: Gospel Across America, Marietta Simpson brings her immense voice and talent to spirited gospel arrangements. Joined by her sister, pianist Evelyn Curenton, and tenor John Aler, Simpson performs works by Johnson, Hogan, Curenton, Smallwood, and Jones. She also sings classical works by Bach, Brahms, and Schubert. Native to Philadelphia, Marietta Simpson has been awarded Temple University's Certificate of Honor and first prize from New York Opera Index. She has performed on the classical stage with the New York Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra. With "her tone, rich and glorious, she endows everything she sings with uncommon intelligence," says the San Francisco Chronicle.

PROGRAM
I --
BACH               Bist du bei mir, BWV 508 
      SCHUBERT        Im Abendrot, D. 799
                              Die Allmacht, Op. 79 no. 2, D. 852

II -- SCHUMANN                Auf den hebräischen, Op. 25, no. 15
       DAVID DIAMOND        David mourns for Absalom
       HERBERT HOWELLS     King David

III --  BRITTEN  Canticle II "Abraham and Isaac," Op. 51 (with John Aler, tenor)

IV --  BACH    Jesus, Lover of my soul  (arr. Pearl Williams Jones / Evelyn Curenton)
                     Just when I need Him most  (arr. Curenton)
                     His Eye is on the sparrow  (arr. Simpson / Curenton)

V --  RICHARD SMALLWOOD / CURENTON  "Total Praise"
        CHARLES MILES / CURENTON  "Dwelling in Beulah land"
        FRANCIS ALLITSEN / CURENTON  "The Lord is my Light" 

Artists

  • Bernard McDonald - Piano
  • Evelyn Curenton - Piano
  • John Aler - Tenor

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