The Denyce Graves Foundation and Washington Chamber Orchestra to Present “Empowering Voices”

19 Mar 2024

The Denyce Graves Foundation has teamed up with Washington Chamber Orchestra to present a new concert cycle: Empowering Voices. The special events, held on March 22 at Bethel Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City, MD and on March 23 at the JHU Bloomberg Center in Washington, DC will feature talented young artists from The Denyce Graves Foundation Shared Voices program performing arias by Mozart, Puccini, Verdi, Bizet and Donizetti; and Spiritual Songs and works by underrepresented composers. The artists include Sophia Baete, Joseph Parrish, Maurice Harrington, Ethan Godfrey, Elizabeth Janje and John Arlievsky. The Emmy® and GRAMMY® award-winning mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves, staged the performances and will accompany the singers with narration.

Shared Voices is the flagship program of the Denyce Graves Foundation. It is an unprecedented collaboration between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and top conservatories and schools of music in the United States.  This innovative initiative is designed to achieve diversity, equity and inclusion across the musical spectrum.

Through classes, individual lessons, coaching, rehearsals, performances, and peer-to-peer exchanges, participants will have access to expand their cultural horizons, develop networks, and gain new insights into potential opportunities for a fulfilling career. These singers will take ownership of their career trajectories in a classical vocal arts landscape and one that reflects the diverse world in which we live.

For more information and tickets, please visit: Washington Chamber Orchestra