The Harlem Chamber Players to Present ‘Harlem SongFest II’ Celebrating 15th Anniversary

By Nicolas Quiroga

The Harlem Chamber Players will celebrate its 15th anniversary with “Harlem SongFest II,” a summer concert to be presented on June 9, 2023, at Columbia University’s Miller Theater. The event features music by Black composers—women included—and a lineup of accomplished singers.

Dedicated to bringing exceptional classical music to Harlem, the Ensemble will feature sopranos Janinah Burnett and Jasmine Muhammad, baritone Kenneth Overton, tenor Martin Bakari, and mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford. Damien Sneed will serve as musical director and host for the event.

“The Black community and the Harlem community especially adores and appreciates singers, and The Harlem Chamber Players is determined to give them what they want at this concert, which will showcase some incredible voices and stars of opera stages everywhere,” said founding executive and artistic producer, Liz Player, in an official press statement. “We are centering the Black artists who have traditionally been marginalized in classical music.

The special concert is hosted by WQXR radio personality and Harlem Chamber Players(HCP) Artistic Advisor Terrance McKnight and presented in association with the Manhattan School of Music.