BarnArts Center for the Arts will present the American folk opera Porgy and Bess in concert, at 7 p.m. on May 17 and 18 at Barnard’s First Universalist Church.
First performed in 1935, this work is the collaboration of George Gershwin and Dubose Heyward. Gershwin’s heartbreaking score and Heyward’s spirited libretto reveal the lives of Catfish Row, Charleston, S.C.’s African-American community in the 1920s. Cab Calloway and Leontyne Price are among the many musical notables who have played starring roles in this American classic. The production which draws it principal singers from Manhattan and Philadelphia will include Jasmine Thomas, Cameron Bernard Jones, Laurice Kennel, Barry Robinson, Tesia Kwarteng, Ken Alston Jr., Alexandra Smith and Ernest Jackson.
The ensemble supporting such memorable songs as “Summertime” and “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin” include Julie Groppe, Anne Dean, Susan Malerich, Yael Taylor, Diane Root, Tambrey Vutech, John Marshall, Steven Hiller, Benjamin Pauly and Michael Denmeade. The show is directed by BarnArts Center for the Arts’ Artistic Director Jarvis Green and Andy Robinson. Seating is limited and reservations are highly suggested. For reservations please call: (802) 332-6020. For more information go to www.barnarts.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.