A Tribute to the Grace Bumbry Concert in the Kennedy White House
One of today's most exciting vocal stars, Denyce Graves delivers a tribute to Kennedy Center Honoree Grace Bumbry's recital at the White House in 1962. Part of The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration.
- Tue., Feb. 1, 2011, 7:30 PM
- Terrace Theater
- Approx. 95 minutes
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Continuing the Kennedy Center's celebration of the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's presidential inauguration, Denyce Graves lends her immense voice to pay tribute to the landmark 1962 White House concert that introduced 25-year-old African American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry to America. A 2009 Kennedy Center Honoree, Bumbry broke social, racial, and artistic boundaries through the simple act of singing and embodied President Kennedy's commitment to both free artistic expression and civil rights.
Denyce Graves, who "sings with freedom and passion in a voice that seems to get only richer and more lustrous" (The Washington Post), honors Bumbry in a performance that references her historic concert. Included on the program is Duparc's L'invitation au Voyage, a favorite work of Mrs. Kennedy, who sang along into the President's ear in harmony with Grace Bumbry. This is a tribute not to be missed.
Program and Notes
- O del mio dolce ardor from Paride ed Elena
- Chanson triste
- L'Invitation au voyage
- Le Manoir de Rosemonde
- Selections from Old American Songs
- At the River; The Boatmen's Dance; I Bought Me a Cat
- Acerba voluttà from Adriana Lecouvreur
- Siete canciones populares españolas
- El Paño Moruno; Seguidilla Murciana; Asturiana; Jota; Nana (Berceuse); Canción; Polo
- Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix from Samson et Dalila
The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is the 2011 Rubenstein Program and is made possible through the generosity of David and Alice Rubenstein.
Additional support is provided by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Altria Group, Constance Milstein de La Haye St. Hilaire and Jehan-Christophe de La Haye St. Hilaire, Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Grace and Morton Bender, and David Gregory and Beth Wilkinson.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Fortas Chamber Music Concerts are supported by generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of Abe Fortas.