Prints in Clay Evening Concert
Still We Rise!: A Spirituals Celebration featuring renowned mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges and the Lowcountry Voices, Nathan Nelson Choirmaster with Music Arrangements by Composer and Musical Director Wycliffe Gordon
Honoring music spanning the 18th and most of the 19th centuries this powerful evening of African-American Spirituals will be sung by mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, with piano, an instrumental septet and The Lowcountry Voices featuring arrangements by Musical Director Wycliffe Gordon.
American mezzo-soprano J’Nai Bridges, known for her “rich, dark, exciting sound” (Opera News) is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after talents of her generation. A native of Lakewood, Washington, she earned her Master of Music degree from Curtis Institute of Music, and her Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the Manhattan School of Music.
Renowned musician, composer, conductor and arranger Wycliffe Gordon is a veteran member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and original member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Gordon’s arrangement of the theme song to NPR’s “All Things Considered” is heard daily across the globe. The world famous Apollo Theater celebrated 75 years by commissioning Gordon as the musical director and composer of a new work that premiered May 2011.
Lowcountry Voices performs all genres of music with an emphasis on African-American music performed in the South Carolina Lowcountry tradition. It shares the musical flavor of the Lowcountry throughout the United States and internationally. Founding Director Nathan L. Nelson has a passion for preserving the cultural legacy and authenticity of African-American music. A native Charlestonian Nelson has conducted in England and Africa and mesmerized sold out audiences throughout the Southeast.