See ‘Lift Ev’ry Voice’ concert, Percy Jackson musical

‘Lift Ev’ry Voice’ with Apollo’s Fire

Apollo’s Fire will perform “Lift Ev’ry Voice – A Celebration of Brotherhood & Sisterhood” at 7:30 pm Friday at Arlington Church of God, 539 S. Arlington St., Akron. Concertgoers are invited to meet the musicians and enjoy refreshments at a free Afterglow reception.

Conductor Jeannette Sorrell will bring the audience on a musical journey from 1622 to 2022 – from Monteverdi’s “Nigra Sum (I Am Black and Beautiful)” to a 2019 composition of the same title by Black composer Jonathan Woody. A second composition from Woody, the premiere “Intent,” probes the legacy of neighborhood segregation.

The program, which includes readings from diaries of the abolitionists Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, ends with Civil War-era spirituals featuring members of Apollo’s Musettes youth choir.

Singers will include special guest soloist Leslie Parker Barnes, music leader and minister of praise at Arlington Church of God; as well as sopranos Kristine Caswelch and Ashlee Foreman; countertenor Reggie Mobley; tenor Jacob Perry and bass Woody. Tickets start at $20. See www.apollosfire.org or call 216-320-0012.

More:UA soprano Ashlee Foreman headed to New York Philharmonic debut with Apollo’s Singers

Leslie Parker Barnes

‘Adult’ at None Too Fragile

Critics have raved about the two rich characters and poetry in everyday speech that playwright Christina Masciotti creates in her play “Adult,” opening Friday and continuing through Aug. 20 at None Too Fragile in Akron. In this story, Stanley invites his estranged 18-year-old daughter to spend her first winter break from college with him and is stunned by a home that’s suddenly alive with disquiet.

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