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March 3, 2019 7:00PM
Brownlee & Owens

Event details


March 3, 2019 7:00PM


Attucks Theatre



Lawrence Brownlee, tenor and Eric Owens, bass-baritone

Sunday, March 3, 7pm, Attucks Theatre, Norfolk

“Soaring…[Lawrence] Brownlee commands the stage, his pure, forthright tenor pulsating with the spirit…”
-Wall Street Journal

“American bass-baritone Eric Owens speaks to you even in his silences…. and shakes you when he sings.”
-Chicago Sun-Times

Named 2017 “Male Singer of the Year” by both the International Opera Awards and Bachtrack, Lawrence Brownlee has been hailed by the Associated Press as one of “the world’s leading bel canto tenors.” Brownlee captivates audiences and critics around the world, and his voice has been praised by NPR as “an instrument of great beauty and expression…perfectly suited to the early nineteenth century operas of Rossini and Donizetti,” ushering in “a new golden age in high male voices” (The New York Times).

“The towering bass-baritone Eric Owens” is acclaimed for his “magnificent, powerful, unbearably moving” (The New York Times) performances, and has drawn rave reviews for his performances with the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, the Glimmerglass Festival, and more. Hear this extraordinary pair of today’s best singers in a program of operatic classics and spirituals in the historic Attucks Theatre!

Craig Terry, pianist

Attucks at 100 is the year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Norfolk’s historic Attucks Theatre. Designed by architect Harvey Johnson and completed in 1919, this Norfolk icon is the oldest theater in the U.S. that was built, financed, and operated by African Americans. It was named in honor of Crispus Attucks, an African American who was the first patriot to lose his life in the fight for American independence, in the Boston Massacre of 1770.

Located on bustling Church Street, one of the oldest thoroughfares in the city and home to a proud African American community, the Attucks Theatre was often referred to as the “Apollo Theatre of the South.” Through the years, the Attucks showcased a host of legendary performers including big band hit-makers Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Cab Calloway and Billy Eckstine; chart-topping singers including Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, and Nat King Cole; pioneering artists like operatic star Marian Anderson and blues queen Bessie Smith; jazz royalty including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Lionel Hampton and Errol Garner; comedians Redd Foxx, Slappy White and Moms Mabley; R&B trailblazers Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke, and The Flamingos; and such homegrown stars as Norfolk’s Gary U.S. Bonds and Portsmouth’s Ruth Brown. Today, the Attucks is home to great performances of all kinds, including concerts, dance performances, theater, comedy and more. Stay tuned for more announcements of performances and special community events as the yearlong celebration of Attucks at 100 continues!

Supported in part by The Virginian-Pilot Multicultural Fund of the Virginia Arts Festival Endowment.

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Tickets may be available at the box office.