Saturday, June 19 / 2 PM
Opera Saratoga Presents America Sings:
A Juneteenth Celebration
H. LESLIE ADAMS, TIM AMUKELE, MARGARET BONDS,
UZEE BROWN, MOSES HOGAN, BETTY JACKSON KING,
ROSEPHANYE POWELL, FLORENCE PRICE, and HALE SMITHWATCH FROM HOME
Juneteenth commemorates the day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed. The arrival of troops came two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. U.S. General Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Juneteenth honors that day – the end of slavery in the United States.
Opera Saratoga’s free livestream from Lena’s stage has been curated by bass-baritone Carl DuPont, a distinguished alumnus of Opera Saratoga’s Young Artist Program who is now on faculty at Peabody Conservatory where he teaches voice and a survey course on Art Song by African American Composers.