Justin Austin & Jacqueline Echols Headline ‘Our Song, Our Story’

By David Salazar

Composer Damien Sneed and performers Justin Austin and Jacqueline Echols will headline “Our Song, Our Story” on Feb. 10, 2023 at the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.

The showcase, which aims to honor operatic legends Marian Anderson and Kessye Norman, will feature performances of music by major African American composers Margaret Bonds, Harry T. Burleigh, Richard Smallwood, and Sneed, as well as works by Handel, Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Richard Strauss, and Gershwin.

Sneed will perform at the piano and the showcase will also feature the Griot String Quartet.

The concert is presented in association with Washington Performing Arts and Coalition of African Americans in the Performing Arts (CAAPA).

Austin is a renowned baritone who has performed with such companies as the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Lincoln Center Theater. He made his Met debut in “Hamlet” before taking on the leading role of Charles Blow in “Fire Shut Up in My Bones” at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Echols has performed with the LA Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, and Cincinnati Opera, among many others. She featured at the Metropolitan Opera in “Porgy and Bess” and “Cendrillon” as well as in productions of “Manon” and “La Bohème.”