Opera Noire of New York Honors Ricky Ian Gordon

Opera Noire of New York, a performance and resource company dedicated to the advancement of Afro-American Classical Singers, opened its 2017/2018 season with a Tribute Concert in honor of RICKY IAN GORDON. Prior to the event, the composer spent time working with the performers as they prepared to present songs and operatic excerpts from his work.

The concert, which placed an emphasis on African-American poets and the Black experience, featured Metropolitan Opera soprano, Harolyn Blackwell and the poetry of Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton and Gwendolyn Brooks.

Explore interviews with the performers and composer below.

Interview Bernard Holcomb on Ricky Ian Gordon

Tenor Bernard Holcomb speaks of his first meeting and experience with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. For more information and Tickets :www.Eventbrite.com or https://onnytributetorickyiangordon.eventbrite.com

Posted by Opera Noire of New York on Monday, September 11, 2017

As she prepares for her upcoming performance with composer Ricky Ian Gordon on September 18, 2017 at Manhattan School of Music, Soprano Harolyn Blackwell , shares the story of her first meeting with Mr. Gordon and his music. Come out and hear Ms. Blackwell celebrate in song the music of Mr. Gordon and the poetry of Langston Hughes, along with members of Opera Noire of New York, Andrea Jones Sojola Jorell Williams, J'Nai Marie, Jeryl Cunningham-Fleming, Damon Lawrence, Justin Michael Austin, Kenneth Overton, Matthew Truss, Aundi Moore, Chauncey Packer, Robert Anthony Mack, Angela L. Owens, and pianist Christopher Cooley. Tickets: $30.00 online at Eventbrite.com or https://onnytributetorickyiangordon.eventbrite.com and $35.00 Cash Only at the Door

Posted by Opera Noire of New York on Thursday, September 14, 2017

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From Broadway and Film, Soprano Andrea Jones-Sojola speaks of her first meeting and experience with composer Ricky Ian Gordon. For more information and Tickets: Eventbrite.com or https://onnytributetorickyiangordon.eventbrite.com

Posted by Opera Noire of New York on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Well, as you can tell – we’re REALLY excited about this upcoming concert with Ricky Ian Gordon. With all of us still reeling from the effects of hurricanes, remembering the horrors and aftermath of 9/11 and some of us feeling the pain and disbelief of the sudden deaths of colleagues – words and music weave us together; bind us, heal and comfort us. Ricky’s music certainly does that. I arrived to a rehearsal a bit early the other day and got the chance to ask a Ricky a few questions I’ve wondered about since first hearing his music several years ago. He was gracious enough to let me record him (and Lucy!). *You really, really should come to this concert tomorrow night. #onny #musicislife #rickyiangordon #langston #msmnyc #greenfieldhall

Posted by Angela L. Owens on Sunday, September 17, 2017

Award Winning Soprano Aundi Moore speaks of her long relationship with Ricky Ian Gordon. Come out and hear Aundi Moore celebrate in song the music of Mr. Gordon, along with Jorell Williams , J'Nai Bridges , Jeryl Cunningham-Fleming, Soprano , Damon Lawrence, Justin Michael Austin, Kenneth Overton, Matthew Truss, Chauncey Packer, Robert Anthony Mack, Angela L. Owens, and pianist Christopher Cooley. Special guest artist, Metropolitan Opera Soprano, Harolyn Blackwell. Get your tickets NOW online NOW at : https://onnytributetorickyiangordon.eventbrite.com or Eventbrite.com

Posted by Opera Noire of New York on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Words simply can’t express how proud I am of Justin Michael Austin!I know many of us take credit for helping to raise him up!:):):) He is an exceptional artist and human. I am happy to call him a friend and ecstatic to sing with him Monday night. I heard Justin first sing Ricky Ian Gordon's “When Sue Wears Red” back in the spring and it honestly made me rethink my approach to poetry and musical texts. Justin talks about his first encounter with Ricky. It’s a great story. #msm #msmalum #bbm #musicislife #langston

Posted by Angela L. Owens on Saturday, September 16, 2017

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