Classical Roots

FRI APR 19, 2024 | Music Hall

No longer on sale

This is what joy and community sound like!


John Morris Russell, conductor
Hi-Tek, DJ/Rapper
Classical Roots Community Choir,

Jason Alexander Holmes, resident


Chorus soloists: Veronda "Vee"

Gibson, Ciara Harper, Sonia

Harper, Mary Patton, Noel Walton, Rita Winters

The Nouveau Program, Marion Peraza,


Lauren Eylise, vocalist

Noah Hawes, rapper & narrator

Alan B. Jones, narrator
Daru Jones, drummer

Yalie Saweda Kamara, Poet Laureate of


J.PERIOD, DJ/Producer

Gabrielle Walker, Youth Poet Laureate of



Music Hall

Concert Duration

Approximately 110-120 minutes, including intermission

What's Interesting

Love and fellowship ring throughout Music Hall for one of Cincinnati's most anticipated musical traditions of each year! JMR leads the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Classical Roots Community Choir, Nouveau Program and special guest artists in an evening of inspirational music and poetry encompassing a variety of genres from Gospel to Hip-Hop.

Highlights of the program will include music from the Tony Award-winning musical and newly adapted film The Color Purple and a gospel and hip-hop tribute to the 200th anniversary of Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy” from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

NOTE: Portions of this performance include adult themes and language

View Digital Program

We believe that great music is for everyone, regardless of your budget. This concert is eligible for Pay What You Wish Pricing, as well as other discounts. To learn more visit Music for All.