Award-winning Brazeal Dennard Chorale to headline Legacy Concert in April

Last December, I had the pleasure of witnessing an amazing performance from the The Brazeal Dennard Chorale during their annual Christmas concert.

They wowed the audience with classical renditions of  traditional Christmas hymns as well as more contemporary holiday standards.

The Chorale will once again be showcasing their rich, musical skills during their third annual Legacy Concert on April 13 at Orchestra Hall. The concert will celebrate the musical legacy of African Americans featuring sacred Negro spirituals performed by the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and special performances by tenor Rodrick Dixon and soprano Alfreda Burke.

“We welcome all segments of our community to celebrate the rich legacy of African American music and Negro spirituals,” said Dr. Augustus Hill, the artistic director of the Chorale. “Through this concert we will continue the Chorale’s mission and connect the sacred art form of Negro spirituals with music lovers of today.”

Dixon, a leading classical vocalist who has performed with leading conductors, orchestras, and opera companies throughout North America, is also a fan favorite across metropolitan Detroit for his past performances in the area, including concerts of “Too Hot To Handel” at the Detroit Opera House.

Rodrick DixonDuring the Legacy Concert Dixon will perform an array of selections while accompanied by the extremely talented piano virtuoso and Detroit native Alvin Waddles.

Like Dixon, Burke has vast international music experience, including concert performances throughout North America and Europe and her body of work also includes recordings, music videos, television, radio and film. Burke’s featured selections during the concert will include the stirring spiritual “Witness.”

“We plan on making musical history on April 13, when the immense talents of Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke and Alvin Waddles share the stage with the Chorale,” said Chorale executive director Don Robinson. “We have a program planned of the highest musical quality and we encourage our supporters to bring a family member or friend, so that the music of our ancestors can be appreciated by new audiences.”

Concert tickets are available through the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Box Office at 313-576-5111 as well as online at dso.org

Alfreda BurkeTo learn more about the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and their upcoming concert, please visit www.brazealdennardchorale.org

About Chorale: The Brazeal Dennard Chorale is an African American chorale organization that was founded in 1972 by vocalist, arranger and educator Brazeal Dennard. The group is composed of classically trained musicians and it remains one of the oldest choral organizations in the country.

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