Lift Every Voice




Lift Every Voice: Resonating Music, Words & Legacy
Saturday, Jan. 20, 8:00 pm



Composer and vocalist Kathryn Bostic's August Wilson Symphony will have its world premiere at this event re-affirming the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's connection to the Hill District. A rich cast of performers join host and narrator Phylicia Rashad at Heinz Hall:
Lucas Richman, conductor; Ifetayo Ali, cello; Anqwenique, vocalist; Pittsburgh Cultural Arts Collective, Percussion Ensemble, Thomas Chatman, director; Hill District Unity Choir, Pastor Jason Washington, director; Jazz Combo: Alton Merrell, keyboard; Jeffrey Grubbs, PSO contrabass; James Johnson III, percussion; Eric Susoeff, guitar; Victoria Luperi, PSO clarinet
Kathryn Bostic was inspired to create this work to honor Pittsburgh’s iconic playwright’s “earthiness and majesty of the African American experience within his plays." 

A special performance by 14-year-old Sphinx artist Ifetayo Ali will be a highlight of the program along with a tribute to Hill District photographer Teenie Harris in the jazzy Teenie Time

Pittsburgh’s own extraordinary vocalist Anqwenique will open the program with Take My Hand, Precious Lord and The Hill District Unity Choir will close the concert with Richard Smallwood’s An Anthem of Praise.

The August Wilson Symphony is supported by a grant from the Sundance Institute Film Music Program with additional support from the Sundance Institute Time Warner Fellowship Program.


Follow the links above to PSO's website for more information about the performers.