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We are putting the final touches on our 20th anniversary season. We start off with a Sneak Preview of our Black Voices Season on Monday, July 21st as part of the Monday Night Marsh. At the Marsh Theater, we will be sharing a look at works in progress of performances that will be shown as fully developed productions last two weekends in September. Come see the works as they go from bud to blossom.
The festival proper kicks off on Saturday, August 2nd with our fourteenth free concert in Yerba Buena Gardens with a tribute to the legendary Paul Robeson. The concert will feature critically acclaimed baritone Anthony Brown, performing Robeson classics, especially Negro Spirituals. He will be accompanied be two-time Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Carl Blake.
We will join President Obama's "My Brother's Keeper Initiative" by hosting a series of events and editing an anthology of writings dedicated to supporting young black men and boy in successfully transcending youth to adulthood. On Saturday, August 16th, we will host a day long conference to help achieve this end.
The last two weekends in September, we will then produce our seminal Black Voices Series: Our Voices, Our Lives, featuring four artists giving powerfully moving voice to their life experiences.
This promises to be another great festival. I look forward to see you there.
Thomas Robert Simpson
Executive and Artistic Director