Wednesday Oct. 26 | 7:30 PM

Christ Church Cathedral, Cincinnati, OH

Roundtable Discussion: 6:30pm moderated by Council Member Reggie Harris

Daniel Parsley, Conductor & We Are One Artistic Director

Jillian Harrison-Jones, Soloist

Sharon Huizinga, Lighting/Project Designer

Dionte Mercado, Associate Lighting/Project Designer

Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra; Thomas More University Choirs; Cincinnati Boychoir; Cincinnati Youth Choir; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Classical Roots Community Chorus; Classical Roots; MUSE; Voices of Hartford

ALYSIA LEE: Say Her Name

GEORGE WALKER: Lyric for Strings

JOEL THOMPSON: Seven Last Words of the Unarmed (CCO Premiere)

ROSEPHANYE POWELL:  Cry of Jeremiah (CCO Premiere)

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes


The culminating performance including all organizations will feature works by several contemporary Black composers. Alysia Lee’s Say Her Name, a reference to the Kwanzaa ceremony and a commemoration of Black women killed as a result of systemic inequity, includes all treble singers and opens the program. A mournful Lyric for Strings, performed by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, celebrates the accomplishments of George Walker, the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Joel Thompsons’ Seven Last Words of the Unarmed, written in 2016, frames humanizing texts from Black men wrongly killed by police over the past 15 years sung by chorus and string orchestra. Rosephanye Powell’s Cry of Jeremiah with full choruses and orchestra draws upon Old Testament passages including the prophet’s journey from abandonment to redemption. The work integrates the musical tradition of Africa American and classical musical traditions simultaneously. Visual Artist-in-Residence Michael Thompson culminating work created over the five days will be revealed at the end of the concert.

This event is preceded by a roundtable discussion moderated by Council Member Reggie Harris at 6:30 PM, and will include clergy, artists, activists and local organizations such as the National Underground Freedom Center and ArtsWave. This conversation will include topics of historical inquiry, economic/social evaluations and considerations of established judicial and governmental organizational structures. Musical presentations engage with under-consulted, diverse musical cultures in America to engage discussion through community and artistic expression.

Don’t miss the other events to get the full culminating experience!


Oct 26 2022


7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral


Christ Church Cathedral
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