Lied Society to Live Stream World Premiere of Anthony Davis’ Latest Work

By Chris Ruel

On October 18 at 4:00 p.m. CT, The Lied Society will broadcast the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Anthony Davis’ “We Call the Roll,” a work commissioned by the Society in partnership with the Schubert Club.

The broadcast will stream live on The Lied Society’s website and hosted by Trilloquy podcast host Garrett McQueen.

Composer Davis is known for bringing social justice and race into his works, winning a 2020 Pulitzer for his opera “Central Park Five.” For “We Call the Roll,” Davis collaborated with Grammy Award-winning librettist Thulani Davis.

“We Call the Roll” is part of a larger performance presented by the Society called “We Are the Change.” The concert will showcase five multiple award-winning African American artists: soprano Marsha Thompson, mezzo-soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis, tenor J. Warren Mitchell, baritone Thomas Cannon, and pianist Byron Burford-Phearse.

The concert of arias and art song will stream live from the Ordway Performing Arts Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is made possible in part by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Society will release a concert film of the performance in late 2020.

On October 16 at 6:00 p.m. CT, the artists will sing excerpts from “We Are Change” in George Floyd Square. The pop-up performance is titled “A Gift to the Community.”