Jazz great Damien Sneed brings together some of the finest voices in the world to personify the great sirens of gospel--Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Caesar, Kim Burrell, Aretha Franklin, and Albertina Walker--performing gospel classics accompanied by s magnificent jazz ensemble.
Set in Seville--in this creative new conception, around the year 1940--the opera deals with the jealous passion of Don José for Carmen, the gypsy factory girl who lures him away from his duty as a soldier and his childhood sweetheart so she can be freed from custody, setting in motion a chain of tragedies.
Conducted by FofV Artistic Director Louis Otey working with young professionals
Young professionals, selected by audition, work one at a time with a master singer/teacher—in front of one another and an audience—to refine a single vocal piece. Experience what it takes to make music with the voice.
Shape notes—shapes added to the note heads in the score—help you find the pitch fast. Even if you think you can’t read music, this workshop will have you singing with the choir in one brief session.
The a capella group, a Festival favorite, exploring the changing nature of the motet in the French Royal Court, and presenting a program that highlights the motet genre's indebtedness to this rebirth in France.
From opera to gospel, world music to Broadway, the Festival celebrates the human voice in all its multi-faceted glory.