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Hear the voice hailed as “one of the very few most beautiful in the world” (The Washington Post). Grammy Award-winning soprano Kathleen Battle takes the audience on a journey of hope and salvation in this concert that combines traditional spirituals like He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, I Don’t Feel No Ways Tired, and Go Down Moses with the writings of abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass. Ms. Battle’s performance is backed by the mighty Norfolk State University Choir, which has performed twice at the White House and is known for the beauty of its choral tone.
Co-presented with Norfolk State University
American Evolution partnership
Virginia Arts Festival is proud to partner with the 2019 Commemoration, American Evolution, which will explore key events in 1619 Virginia that shaped America’s beginnings: the first legislative assembly in the New World, the arrival of the first Africans in English North America, the arrival of women to build community, the first official English Thanksgiving in North America and the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurialism that kept the colony thriving. The 2019 Commemoration will feature events and activities that inspire local, national and international participants to engage in the themes of democracy, diversity and opportunity, and to position Virginia as a global leader in education, economic development and tourism. The 2019 Commemoration has partnered with the Virginia Arts Festival to present performances influenced by the converging of Virginia Indian, English, and African cultures that occurred in Virginia in 1619. Related 2017 dance events include Urban Bush Women, Richard Alston Dance Company, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. The partnership will continue through 2019.