Presented by Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture

Performance Thursday, June 29, 2017 | 7:30 PM

Tribute to Sylvia Olden Lee
Master Musician and Teacher

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sylvia Olden Lee (1917-2004) was a direct link to the origin and development of the African-American spiritual in America. Ms. Lee was hired by Max Rudolph in 1954 as a vocal coach at the Metropolitan Opera for her mastery of the classical repertoire. She was the first African-American on the Met staff. This performance celebrates the life of Sylvia on the occasion of her 100th birthday.


  • Performers: Simon Estes, Gregory Hopkins, Osceola Davis, Kevin Short, Elvira Green, Robert Sims, Patrice Eaton, Everett Suttle, Indira Mahajan, Rosa D'Imperio, Richard Alston, and Jeremy Jordan


  • TRAD. "Lord, How Come Me Here" (arr. Lee)
  • TRAD. "A City Called Heaven"
  • TRAD. "Lord, I Don’t Feel No-ways Tired" (arr. Johnson)
  • TRAD. "Go Down Moses"
  • TRAD. "Soon-Ah Will Be Done" (arr. Dawson)
  • VERDI "Ella giammai m’amò" from Don Carlo
  • VERDI "Nell’ispano suol mai l’eresia dominò" from Don Carlo
  • VERDI "Toi qui sus le néant" from Don Carlo
  • VERDI "Dio, che nell’alma infondere" from Don Carlo
  • VERDI "Ritorna vincitor!" from Aïda
  • DONIZETTI "Chi mi frena in tal momento?" from Lucia di Lammermoor
  • SCHUBERT "An Sylvia," D. 891
  • SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat Major, D. 899, No. 3
  • BRAHMS "Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelszungen" from Vier ernste Gesänge
  • TRAD. "Guide My Feet" (arr. Jacqueline Hairston)
  • HAYES Selections from The Life of Christ
  • BEETHOVEN "Welten singen Dank und Ehre" from Christus am Ölberge
  • MOZART "Ave Verum Corpus," K. 618
  • Lift Every Voice and Sing (arr. Roland Carter)

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