Sidney Outlaw & Warren Jones to Perform in Schwabacher Recital Series

By Francisco Salazar

The Schwabacher Recital Series is set to present baritone Sidney Outlaw and pianist Warren Jones in the final concert of the 2022 showcase.

The recital will be held on July 28 in the Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and will focus on the two artists’ recent recorded collaboration, “Lament,” which pays homage to 20th-century American song including works by Ricky Ian Gordon, Robert Owens, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Harry T. Burleigh and the texts of Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Frederick Douglass and Adela Cory. The concert will conclude with a selection of spirituals.

In a statement Outlaw said, “I have always been inspired by Nina Simone’s quote that “it is the artist’s duty to reflect the times. That is true of painters, sculptors, poets, and musicians. It’s obviously our choice but I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself and at this crucial time in our lives when everything is so desperate when every day is a matter of survival, I think you can’t help but be involved. … That to me is the definition of an artist! This program is pretty unique and special to me as it originated from a lecture that I gave on exploring the legacy of Black composers in opera and art song during the pandemic! The title of the project Lament was absolutely inspired by Langston Hughes’ poem “Lament for Dark Peoples” which expresses pain for the injustices upon people of color.”