Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey
Joel A. Martin, Piano
Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
Special guest narrator Ms. Angela Bassett
The prima donna made a triumphant return to the Metropolitan Opera last year, capped by five encores. Kathleen Battle’s Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey chronicles the courageous quest for freedom by America’s slaves. Battle draws from her own musical roots with this collection of spirituals, performed with the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers. Following her sold out appearance at the Met, Battle reprises the program in Los Angeles, choosing VPAC for its renowned acoustics.
Alluring audiences with emotionally tinged performances has been the signature of Angela Bassett, who personifies a sense of dignity and pride whenever she appears on screen.
In addition to her star-turns in Black Panther and 9-1-1, she will star alongside Tom Cruise in the upcoming film Mission: Impossible-Fallout. After receiving multiple Emmy nominations for her work in Ryan Murphy’s anthology series American Horror Story, this season she showcased her directing talents in American Horror Story: Cult.
“It all added up to a long, packed and thoroughly enjoyable evening; the capacity audience in the Concert Hall certainly got its money’s worth. Rather than witnessing a memorial to a soprano’s storied past, we got something vital and compelling and very much in the present; and I came away with new respect and admiration for Battle.” -Washington Post | Read More
Academy Award-nominee Angela Bassett announced as narrator for Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey | Read More