Coro Allegro to Present ‘IDENTITY: I Believe’

By David Salazar

Coro Allegro is set to present “IDENTITY: I Believe” on Feb. 18, 2024.

The showcase, which will take place at the Roxbury Community College Media Arts Center in Boston, will feature countertenor Reginald Mobley, soprano Breanna Sinclairé, baritone Philip Lima, and pianist David F. Coleman taking on works by Margaret Bonds, William Grant Still, Harry T. Burleigh, Horace Clarence Boyer, Thomas Dorsey, Jester Hairston, M. Roger Hollan II, J. Rosamund Johnson, and Patrick Dupré Quigley.

At the core of the concert are a series of spirituals, which Mobley described as a way of processing sorrow and pain from the horror of American slavery… there was something unusual about these melodies, about the depth of the music we’d created, and so we decided to keep it. Not only did we keep it, but it became the backbone of the Black American contribution to culture in America. It became the foundation of honestly, most pop music that you hear now, and…also influenced and filtered into classical music as well.”

The concert kicks off at 3 p.m. local time.