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Premiere of “Amplifying Black Voices”

Coro Allegro

“We breathe the same air, want the same things. We need to talk.” —Michael Castro, the late Poet Laureate of St. Louis.
Coro Allegro, Boston’s LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus, presents the premiere of a new online series, Amplifying Black Voices, led by Black artists, advocates, composers, and conductors. Award-winning composer Fred Onovwerosuoke leads the series premiere, “We Need to Talk,” on Sunday, March 14, 2021. Join us for conversation, music, poetry as we look through the prism of Onovwerosuoke’s kaleidoscopic work A Triptych of American Voices: A Cantata of the People (2019), “A Triptych of American Voices: A Cantata of the People,” commissioned for and premiered by Coro Allegro in 2019. This kaleidoscopic work by an immigrant composer shines light on race relations in America today through the prism of three great poems: “Sympathy” (“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”) by Paul Laurence Dunbar, “As I Grew Older,” by Langston Hughes, and “We Need to Talk,” by Michael Castro.

Free event; donations welcome. RSVP for a link at

Adelia Parker-Castro, artist
Christopher Wilkins, Music Director of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra
Tai Oney, countertenor, and Jonas Budris, tenor
Willis Emmons and Zach Durant-Emmons, co-commissioners.

Moderated by Coro Allegro Artistic Director David Hodgkins and Executive Director Yoshi Campbell

Event Details

Event Date: March 14 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm  

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Virtual presentation
United States