Running time: 1 hour and 35 minutes
with one intermission.
Recommended ages: 12 & up.
Before Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson, there was Roland Hayes—the first world-renowned African-American classical vocalist. Born the son of a slave, Roland discovered his voice as a young boy singing spirituals in church. This play chronicles his amazing journey from a plantation in Georgia, to singing before kings and queens in Europe. Breath & Imagination explores the life of an American pioneer through words, movement, spirituals and classical music.
David P. Gordon
Afrocentric Voices in Classical Music
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