April 22, 2022 | 7:30 pm | Music Hall

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JAMES WELDON JOHNSON: Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing

GIUSEPPE VERDI: "Sempre Libera" from La Traviata

WILL MARION COOK: In Dahomey Suite

SCOTT JOPLIN: Treemonisha Overture, arranged by Rick Benjamin

SCOTT JOPLIN: Bowing Music: Themes from Treemonisha in One-Step Tempo, arranged and orchestrated by Rick Benjamin

EUBIE BLAKE: "I'm Just Wild About Harry" from Shuffle Along

Charles Fold Suite
     This Too Will Pass
     Tell It
     May the Lord Bless You Real Good

MARGARET ALLISON BONDS: "Alleluia” from The Ballad of the Brown King

GREGORY SPEARS: “Think You Know This Man” from Castor and Patience

TERENCE BLANCHARD: “Peculiar Grace” from Fire Shut Up in My Bones
CHARLIE SMALLS: "Home" from The Wiz
MARK MANCINA: "He Lives in You" from The Lion King
ALAN MENKEN: "If I Can't Love Her" from Beauty and the Beast
STEPHEN FLAHERTY: "Make Them Hear You" from Ragtime

STEPHEN FLAHERTY: "The Wheels of a Dream" from Ragtime

LUTHER VANDROSS: "Brand New Day" from The Wiz


John Morris Russell, conductor
Classical Roots Community Choir, William Henry Caldwell, resident conductor

- Ciara Harper, soloist
- Noël Walton, soloist
- Ron Logan, soloist
- Timothy Oliver, soloist
Talise Trevigne, soprano
Michael Preacely, baritone

Benjamin Preacely, baritone
Alton Fitzgerald White, baritone

Members of the Nouveau Program, Marion Peraza, artistic advisor & coach; Felipe Morales-Torres, coach


Music Hall


This concert is part of the Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) Series

What's Interesting

Shout for joy, Cincinnati! JMR and the CSO celebrate 20+ years of Classical Roots, one of The Queen City’s most inspiring musical traditions. Join us for a program that celebrates Black voices and stories from American music and theater with selections from Ragtime and The Wiz and arias from Terence Blanchard’s highly-acclaimed opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones and Castor and Patience with libretto by former U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, which premieres with Cincinnati Opera this July. Experience the voices of the Classical Roots Community Choir as they are joined by renowned guest artists, Talise Trevigne, Michael Preacely and Alton Fitzgerald White, and let the powerful presence of song and spirit in beautiful Music Hall lift up your heart.

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Pay What You Wish: A select number of tickets have been set aside as Pay What You Wish. Give our Box Office a call at 513.381.3300 to select a value that works for your budget.

Watch It At Home
This concert will also be livestreamed on the CSO website, the CSO's YouTube channel and the CSO's Facebook page on APR 22 at 7:30 pm.

NOTE: As of March 14, 2022 masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required to attend. Please visit to review our current health and safety protocols.

All dates, programs, artists and prices are subject to change.

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