KATHLEEN BATTLE - Underground Railroad: An evening of Spirituals featuring
Cyrus Chestnut and the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers Saturday Jan 21, 2012 -
Battle offered an angelic voice with delicate phrasing and a sense of purpose
throughout a well planned and executed program that deserves a PBS special
and/or international tour. Brief Frederick Douglas excerpts were appropriately
interspersed throughout the program by individual men in Albert McNeil Jubilee
Singers. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut commanded considerable attention and received a
strong standing ovation after a solo performance of 'Glory, Glory Hallelujah.'
The Albert McNeil Singers achieved a dynamic balance with Miss Battle who did
not speak to the audience except to recognize arranger Jacqueline Hairston in
the audience. She selected 'Every Time I Feel The Spirit' for a single encore
selection. Miss Battle confirmed an extensive list of career awards with
continuing greatness and style.
New "Jacqueline Hairston
Ensemble" invited to perform in famed Carnegie
Hall Feb 2012 Internationally acclaimed African-American composer
Jacqueline B. Hairston and her talented ensemble invited to perform in New
York's famed Carnegie Hall under the auspices of Mid-America Productions.
Composer Jacqueline B. Hairston
IMMEDIATE RELEASE PRLog (Press Release)
Mar 07, 2011
The African-American Voice in Classical Music, Patrick D. McCoy
is pleased announce that the noted composer Jacqueline B. Hairston and her New
Jacqueline Hairston Ensemble has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall,
February 2012 under the auspices of MidAmerica Productions.
Dr. Hairston is an award-winning composer and arranger who has
had her works performed by several renowned singers, notably by the soprano
Kathleen Battle recently in a concert at the Music Center at Strathmore with
the Morgan State University Choir and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
conduct a combined choir, comprised of singers from across the country in a
number of her trademark spiritual arrangements.
For more information about
how you can personally contribute to this venture, please feel free to contact
Dr. Hairston directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Standing proudly on the shoulders of the late African-American
classical music critic, Raoul Abdul, Patrick D. McCoy is committed to informing
the entire community about the joys of classical music. Visit:
An Evening with Kathleen Battle concert with the
Baltimore Symphony and Grammy-nominated Morgan State University choir featured
several Jacqueline Hairston Spirituals, newly arranged for the occasions on
Thursday, May 27, 2010 at The Music Center at Strathmore and Saturday, May 29,
2010 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD. Superstar Kathleen
Battle sang a moving program celebrating the roots of African-American music
and freedom via the Underground Railroad. Hairston's Spirituals arranged for
the Ms. Battle and the Morgan choir accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony
included: Hale Smith's arrangement of "Balm in Gilead" and "Let Us Break Bread
Together;" and Margaret Bonds' arrangement of "He's Got the Whole World in His
Hands. Two Hairston spirituals were a cappella and brilliantly performed by Ms.
Battle & the Morgan choir: her published arrangement of "Fix Me, Jesus,"
and the world premiere of "Dontcha Let Nobody Turn You Round." Ms. Battle's
sensitively performed encore for both evenings was Jacqueline Hairston's
arrangement of "Were You There."
JESTER HAIRSTON SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION
CONCERT May 16, 2010, at 3:00
Robert Ball, a professional Marimbist of Los Angeles,
CA and Jacqueline Hairston, award-winning ASCAP composer-arranger-pianist of
the San Francisco Bay Area, will have a joint premier performance in Los
Angeles commemorating Jester Hairston at the JESTER HAIRSTON SCHOLARSHIP
PRESENTATION CONCERT, May 16, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at Holman United Methodist
Church. The concert is featuring performances by approximately six Graduating
High School Seniors who auditioned on April 17, 2010. Ball and Hairston
represent one portion of this occasion focusing on Jester Hairston's rich
Ball, a music-major
graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, who received his training
from three noted Southern CA Marimba teachers, Emil Farlund, Howard Peterson
and Earl Hatch, is "pairing" his musical prowess with Hairston, who received
her music training/education at Juilliard School of Music, Howard University
School of Music, and Columbia University. The two versatile, seasoned artists
are combining their musical skills in a marimba-piano duet that Jacqueline
arranged expressly for Remembering the Legacy of her esteemed cousin, Dr.
Jester Hairston. Their instrumental duo-medley is highlighting some of Jester's
favorite Spiritual arrangements: You Better Mind; Hold On; Elijah Rock; and
Great Day. An added feature on a couple of the selections is Los Angeles former
outstanding music educator-percussionist, and Scholarship Committee Chair
Danellen Joseph, an energetic Djembe performer that Jacqueline adamantly
validates. Established 12 years ago,
the Jester Hairston Scholarship Fund honors and recognizes the life of the late
Jester Hairston, the extraordinarily gifted person who wore many "hats:"
renowned choir conductor, composer-arranger, and actor raconteur, in addition
to having been an American State Department Ambassador traveling all over the
world teaching his Spirituals. Jester's cousin, pianist Jacqueline Hairston, is
wearing two "hats" on program; she is also serving as Mistress of Ceremonies.
The graduating high school
seniors-performing artists, were chosen in the past because of their
"demonstrated music proficiency and commitment to pursue the study of music," a
spokesperson said. Persons interested in helping future artistic aspirants may
make donations to the Scholarship Fund, payable to Holman Church in Los Angeles
- Attention: Jester Hairston Scholarship Fund. The public is cordially
Contact Information: Danellen Joseph -
HAIRSTON DOCUMENTARY ADVISORY COUNCIL
Jacqui attended the first Planning Meeting after being
invited to serve on the first JESTER HAIRSTON DOCUMENTARY ADVISORY COUNCIL,
which has as its mission: making contributions to and reviewing the Jester
Hairston documentary script still in the developmental stages.
African Diaspora Sacred
Jacqui Hairston recently returned from Los
AngelesHonored as a previous 2004 "Living
Legend" award recipient from California State University Dominguez Hills, El
Camino College Music Department, and the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of
Sacred Music in Los Angeles, for her contributions to the African Diaspora
EXPLORING AND EVOKING THE BALM IN
GILEAD On Saturday, March 6, from 2 to 4
The Museum of the African Diaspora of San Francisco has
launched a new lecture series the months of February, March, April and May,
exploring the cultural contest of spirituality across the Black Atlantic. .,
Jacqueline Hairston is their special guest presenter. Her theme, EXPLORING AND
EVOKING THE BALM IN GILEAD, will show why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted
Dr. Howard Thurman's affirmation that "There IS a Balm in Gilead."
Join Music Director Valerie L. Brown and Vocal Story
mass choir with the First Lady of spiritual arrangements, Ms. Jacqueline B.
Hairston. The concert will weave a story of love, strength and courage that
will sustain you long after the concert is over.
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Maestro Michael Morgan introduced Composer-Arranger
Jacqui Hairston as one of Oakland's TREASURES at the Oakland East Bay Symphony
Orchestra and Oakland Symphony Chorus' 4 p.m. "BREAK BREAD CONCERT" on Sunday,
December 13, 2009 at the Paramount Theater.
Her two featured arrangements were "Roun' de Glory
Manger" performed by the Orchestra and Chorus, and "Come Back Home" performed
accappella by the Symphony Chorus.