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On September 22, 2012 Classical KUSC, the Colburn Foundation, and MusicUNTOLD helped commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation by bringing together some of the most beloved singers of our time in a special concert at the AT&T Center Theatre. You can now hear this concert by clicking on the player above.
Soprano Latonia Moore (pictured left), baritone Donnie Ray Albert and tenor George Shirley are among the stellar artists featured in this concert recorded in the 485-seat performance hall of the AT&T Center in downtown Los Angeles. The center is also the location of the offices and studios for Classical KUSC
The concert consists of solo and duo performances of songs ranging from “Oh, Dem Golden Slippers” and “My Old Kentucky Home” to blues violin, Mozart and selections from Verdi’s Aida. The performance order follows a historic timeline, starting with Mozart and ending with a composition by the living composer Richard Thompson.
This sesquicentennial celebration of the Emancipation Proclamation is part of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on Sept. 22, 1862, although it did not free slaves in states of rebellion until January of the following year.
Funding for this concert was provided in part by the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California.