Karen Slack, Brandie Sutton, Limmie Pulliam Headline Fort Worth Opera’s ‘A Night of Black Excellence: Say It Loud – Songs of a Revolution’

By David Salazar

Fort Worth Opera has announced the lineup for its upcoming “A Night of Black Excellence: Say It Loud – Songs of a Revolution.”

The showcase, which will take place on Feb. 20, 2022, will star opera singers Michelle Johnson, Limmie Pulliam, Audra Scott, Karen Slack, Brandie Sutton, Veronica Williams, composer/vocalist Jasmine Barnes, Lesley Resident Artist Brandon Bell, bassist Laesio Littlejohn, flutist Malcolm Payne, virtuoso pianists Dr. Gregory Thompson and Joseph Williams, David W. Carter High School Choir, Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble, and Sheran Goodspeed Keyton Gospel Ensemble featuring pianist Myles Tate.

The event will be co-curated and co-hosted by Karen Slack and FWO General Director Afton Battle. This showcase will also feature the first time the company ever collaborates with the David W. Carter High School Choir.

Audiences will hear a program of music primarily composed by Black or Afro-Latino composers such as Cyrus Chestnut, Duke Ellington, Shawn Okpebholo, Nina Simone, Veronica Williams, and Jasmine Barnes. However, there will also be opera classics by such composers as Verdi, Puccini, and Massenet, among others.

“I am incredibly proud to join this amazing cast of American artists in celebration of Black excellence,” Slack said in a press statement. “After last year’s overwhelmingly successful virtual concert, we are all anticipating a spectacular IN PERSON event bringing the people of Ft. Worth together for a thrilling evening of culture and the arts!