I, Too, Sing

I, Too, Sing: A Celebration of the Lives and Works of Classical Vocal Composers of the African Diaspora is a panel discussion aimed at initiating a series of discussions and recitals about the gap of representation in classical vocal literature by African-descended composers. The innovative event features an internationally recognized panel of performers, scholars and authors including Scholar-in-Residence of the Seattle Opera Naomi André, author of Black Opera: History Power Engagement, Pittsburgh’s own award-winning poet, educator and blogger Cameron Barnett, author of The Drowning Boy’s Guide to Water, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh and Director of Opera Studies at Carnegie Mellon University Thomas W. Douglas, Director of Programs at Pittsburgh’s Arts Education Collaborative and Performing Artist, Anqwenique Kinsel, and International Opera Singer, Kevin Short. Hosted, created, and moderated by Teaching Artist Candace Burgess, this community discussion kicks off a seven-performance recital series being produced by Pittsburgh Festival Opera between August 2020 and February 2021.