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"Oh, Glory! Black History Matters" a concert by baritone James Dargan on Feb 25th.

Byline: Susan J Cechner

"Oh, Glory!" showcased the songs and arias associated with five legendary black singers: Paul Robeson, Roland Hayes, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Robert McFerrin, Sr. I first heard James Dargan in a vocal quintet, Tramontana, several summers ago, and was awestruck by the plangent beauty of his voice. But Dargan is no mere singer. An athlete, polyglot, writer, and violinist, he was schooled in both New and Old England in a variety of disciplines. The son of a preacher, Dargan decided to pursue singing as his vehicle, but he has a preacher's charisma and persuasiveness, evident in his talking between songs and his excellent notes. He explained that he put his eclectic-seeming program of "strange bedfellows" together with disparate styles and languages, encompassing Italian, Russian, and German songs, and spirituals to counter the trend of putting people and ideas in boxes, and shutting them tight.

These five artists, importantly, "show us a different look at a life cut short in some way, if not by early death, then by a stifling of their talents." This review was published by Susan Mirion Jan 16th, 2017 in the Boston Musical Intelligencer.

This concert is now being brought to the First Congregational Church of Geneva at 327 Hamilton, Geneva, IL at 7 pm on Feb 25th, a Monday evening. A free will donation of $20 is suggested.

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Publication:Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Date:Feb 12, 2019
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