Amplifying Nineteen Black Composers’ Voices for Juneteenth


"Keep on Going"

"Keep on Going"from the opera 'Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom'Nkeiru Okoye, composer & librettistDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, the resounding chorus of “Keep on going” from the climax of Nkeiru Okoye’s opera Harriet Tubman was a source of inspiration at The American Opera Project. AOP, in partnership with our Fort Greene neighbors at BRIC TV , brought together cast members from AOP’s 2014 world premiere, the 2020 production at Knoxville Opera (canceled due to the pandemic), and guest singers to sing these words attributed to Harriet Tubman as a new message of hope dedicated to the doctors, nurses, workers, and patients at The Brooklyn Hospital Center in Fort Greene, and to all essential workers. As New York City prepares to reopen, we remind everyone to please stay vigilant in preventing the spread of the disease. We are not out of the woods yet.Since this recording, we have seen America reel from one attack on our collective body to another via the disease of racism. For those fighting back against this disease, let this message be for you as well.For more information: Julius Williams, conductorMila Henry, pianistArtists include: Janinah Burnett, Harriet / sopranoSumayya Ali, Harriet / sopranoJasmine Muhammad, Harriet / sopranoLouise Toppin, Harriet / sopranoChristiana Cole, sopranoSequina DuBose, sopranoHannah Fuerst, sopranoPatrice Eaton, altoBriana Hunter, altoTesia Kwarteng, altoVincent Davis, tenorErnest Jackson, tenorCornelius Johnson, tenorLeslie Tay, tenorCharles Carter, bassKyle Guglielmo, baritoneDamian Norfleet, baritoneJubilant Sykes, baritoneThe KEEP ON GOING video was produced by BRIC:David Feldman, video engineerEric Haugesag, audio engineerTony Horn, editorial director, custom contentSharon Polli, executive vice president, advancementHarriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line to Freedom is a two act theatrical work that tells of how a young girl born in slavery becomes Harriet Tubman, the legendary Underground Railroad conductor. Based on recent Tubman biographies, the story is narrated and told in the context of Tubman’s tight-knit family of lively characters. Harriet Tubman carries the universal themes of sisterhood, courage, sacrifice and doing what is necessary to keep a family together. Moreover it is a heartwarming tale of two sisters vowing that nothing but death will separate them, despite the slavery threatening to tear them apart.

Posted by The American Opera Project on Monday, June 8, 2020