NYU Steinhardt’s Programs in Vocal Performance and Music Education will present a performance of Valerie Capers' jazz oratorio, Sojourner, on February 26, 2016. MK Lawson directs.

Valerie Capers, from valeriecapers.com
Valerie Capers, from valeriecapers.com

NYU Steinhardt’s Programs in Vocal Performance and Music Education today announced they will present a performance of Valerie Capers' jazz oratorio, Sojourner, on February 26, 2016. MK Lawson directs.

This 45-minute musical drama tells the story of 19th-century slave girl Bell Hardenburgh as she transforms into the pioneering voice of emancipation we know today as Sojourner Truth. Under the musical direction of Stanley Figaro and Michael L. Breaux – and conducted by renowned jazz bassist John Robinson – NYU's University Singers, Music Education Jazz Ensemble, and soprano Marlaina Powell present the piece in honor of Black History Month.

NYU’s production of Sojourner will take place on Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, located at 35 West 4th Street. Admission is free and open to the public.

Valerie Capers was born in the Bronx and received her early schooling at the New York Institute for the Education of the Blind. She went on to obtain both her bachelor's and master's degrees from The Juilliard School of Music. She served on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music, and from 1987 to 1995 was chair of the Department of Music and Art at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she is now professor emeritus. Dr. Capers has received awards and commissions from Meet the Composer, the CUNY Research Foundation, the Smithsonian, and the National Endowment for the Arts, including a special-projects grant to present a jazz series at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She has recorded five albums, appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and performed with a roster of outstanding artists, including Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Ray Brown, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente, Slide Hampton, Max Roach, James Moody and Paquito D'Rivera.

About NYU Steinhardt Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions
Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, established in 1925, instructs over 1,600 students majoring in music and performing arts programs. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).

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