Cherry Duke is joined by Esequiel Meza, Jr., piano, to perform songs in English, Italian, German, French, and Spanish by African American and African Diaspora composers.

This program was curated by Professor Cherry Duke, mezzo-soprano, as an outgrowth of her research on “Diversity in Vocal Repertoire,” supported by a 2021 Career Enhancement Award from the UTEP College of Liberal Arts.

COMPOSERS featured include: Harry T. Burleigh, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Howard Swanson, William Grant Still, Joseph Bologne, Robert Owens, Carmen Brouard, Mariela Rodríguez, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Rosephanye Powell, Undine Smith Moore, and Jacqueline Hairston.

US PREMIERES: The artists are pleased to present two songs which (to their knowledge) have never previously been performed in the United States: “Quand je serai mort” from Reflets d’ame by Haitian-Canadian composer Carmen Brouard, and “Pregón” from Three Afro-Cuban Songs” by Cuban composer Mariela Rodríguez.