Morris Robinson Hosts ‘A Concert for Equity in the Arts’ Presented by Sparrow Live

By Chris Ruel

Star bass Morris Robinson will host “A Concert for Equity in the Arts” presented by Sparrow Live on Oct. 25, 2020.

Thus far, the artist lineup for the showcase will include Metropolitan Opera bass, Morris Robinson; Minnesota Opera Resident Studio Artist, baritone Allen Michael Jones; Chautauqua Opera young artist, soprano Chasiti Walker; Wolf Trap soprano, Brittany Logan; recent Maryland Lyric Opera debutant, soprano Sarah Joyce Cooper; and First Prize Winner of the Opera Orchestra of New York, 2014 Vocal Competition, Marsha Thompson. More artists may be added to the program.

In a press release, Fran Rogers, CEO of Sparrow Live spoke of the important work Sphinx does to promote equity in the arts, saying, “We are excited that world-class artists have stepped forward to support an amazing organization, Sphinx, which promises a stronger future for both the arts and artists. By elevating diverse experiences and voices, we know that the audience experience of opera will be that much richer. We believe that artists and audiences – together – can create a more equitable, just future.”

Sphinx president and artistic director Afa S. Dworkin noted in the release that Sphinx programs reach over 100,000 students and artists. Sphinx’s live and broadcast audiences stand at two million annually.

“We are working to build a pipeline that develops and supports diversity and inclusion in classical music at every level – music education, artists performing on stage, the repertoire and programming being performed, the communities represented in audiences, and the artistic and administrative leadership within the field. The lineup for this concert reflects exactly what we are working for in the future of the classical field.”

The October 25 concert will stream on at 3:00 p.m. ET. Ticket holders will have access to the performance for viewing for 24 hours after the performance. Tickets are available on Sparrow Live’s website and are limited to one device. All concert proceeds will go to Sphinx, a social justice organization dedicated to diversity in the arts.

Founded by artists during the early days of COVID-19 in response to the need for artists and audiences to connect virtually, Sparrow Live’s mission is to democratize access to the arts by connecting artists with their audiences through high-quality experiences. The organization’s vision is a barrier-free relationship of equals between artists and audiences by delivering high-quality performances through livestream technology and virtual ticketing.