AFRICAN AMERICANS FOR LOS ANGELES OPERA
AALAO is dedicated to increasing the awareness of opera throughout the Los Angeles community.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PAST EVENTS
Father’s Day Recital 2012: Featuring Ashley Faatoalia
African Americans for LA Opera Celebrate African American Art Songs at Black History Month Event: February 17, 2013
African Americans for LA Opera (AALAO) held a remarkable Black History Month seminar and reception, at the lovely home of Audre Slater on February 17, 2013. Dr. Darryl Taylor, professor of voice at UC Irvine, was the featured speaker and countertenor artist, who has performed art song, opera and oratorio to international audiences. He gave an informative lecture about the large body of African American art songs which his scholarship is bringing to light. Dr. Taylor mentioned that even well-known African American composers have written operas that have been overlooked. For example William Grant Still wrote nine operas. Dr. Taylor also highlighted the work of African American composer Margaret Bonds among many others.
He sang two art songs and was accompanied on piano by composer Dr. Andre Myers, whom Dr. Taylor commissioned to create the songs they performed from Countee Cullen’s poetry.
Dr. Myers has three times been commissioned by the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, where he served as acomposer-in-residence. He has composed for orchestra, choir, solo and chamber ensembles, as well as for theater.
Father’s Day Recital 2011 Featuring Angle Blue: