Coloratura soprano Louise Toppin performs a recital of art songs and spirituals of the African Diaspora featuring
works by women composers such as Margaret Bonds, Harriette Davison and Rosephanye
Powell; and a world premiere song cycle, "For Terry," by Maria Corley. Also included
in the program are compositions by the celebrated composer Adolphus Hailstork.
Louise Toppin launched the African Diaspora Music Project (ADMP) in 2019, and it now
contains 4,000 songs by composers of African descent. Currently a professor at University
of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Dr. Toppin is also known for her extensive
operatic, orchestral and oratorio performing career. Joining her for this program
will be pianist John O'Brien, a member of East Carolina University’s music faculty.