OnSite Opera Presents Black History Tours In Harlem (Video)

Musical performances by acclaimed baritone Kenneth Overton and pianist Kevin J. Miller Historical narrative written and performed by award-winning author Eric K. Washington.

Featuring world premiere arrangements by James Davis Jr. and Damien Geter.

On Site Opera once again re-defines the immersive and site-specific experience in Spring 2021 with The Road We Came, a new opera- and a song-based project that explores the composers, musicians, and places that define the rich Black history of New York City through a series of self-guided, musical walking tours.

Celebrating a collection of never-recorded and seemingly lost classical compositions by Black composers, The Road We Came will use filmed musical performances and spoken narration to connect audiences to the musical timeline of Harlem, Midtown/Hell’s Kitchen, and lower Manhattan.

From the home and texts of the prolific poet Langston Hughes to Lincoln Center, to the African Burial Ground National Monument, and beyond, The Road We Came will open windows to the past and re-frame the present.

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The Road We Came is a multi-media collaboration between On Site Opera, Ryan & Tonya McKinny’s Keep the Music Going Productions, award-winning biographer and Harlem historian Eric K. Washington, and critically acclaimed baritone, Kenneth Overton, who will be the featured soloist of the tours.

May 1-July 31, 2021, $60 for each tour.

To purchase and for more info, visit NewYorkOperaFest.org. 

Photo credit: The Road We Came.

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