Ballad of the Brown King and Other Music for Christmas by Black Composers

December 25, 2022, 7:00 pm

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Portrait of Louise Toppin in front of red brick wall
Soprano Louise Toppin

A program honoring Margaret Bonds, who is receiving long overdue recognition for her work. With a libretto by Langston Hughes, the cantata The Ballad of the Brown King has been a Christmas favorite in African American communities for generations. Hosted by Dr. Louise Toppin, a noted performer-scholar who is the founder and editor of the African Diaspora Music Project.