January 19, 2019 Arts Calendar
2019-01-19 19:30 2019-01-19 20:30 America/New_York Oh, Glory! Black History Matters: James Dargan, baritone Cochran Chapel Andover

Oh, Glory! Black History Matters: James Dargan, baritone

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Cochran Chapel

As part of Phillips Academy’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy, the Department of Music will present a voice recital by James Dargan, baritone on Saturday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Cochran Chapel on the Phillips Academy campus. The recital entitled, Oh Glory! Black History Matters, grew out of a desire to celebrate Black American musical history.  Dargan takes us through the history of Black musicians in the twentieth century by using the careers of Paul Robeson, Roland Hayes, Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, and Robert McFerrin, Sr.

In Dargan’s words: “Paul Robeson. Roland Hayes. Nina Simone. Billie Holiday. Robert McFerrin, Sr. Yes, they were all black but their presence here harks back to the lines by Langston Hughes: ‘What happens to a dream deferred?  Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun?’ These artists show us different kinds of lives cut short in some way, if not by early death, then by a stifling of their talents. Oh, Glory! (is) a program celebrating these artists and Black history through the music of these five legendary Black singers.” Dargan believes, “Art isn’t segregated…When we see the totality of these Black artists, then it becomes clear: Black History Matters, because Black Lives Matter.  Because Lives Matter.”

James Dargan, baritone is a creative artist and authenticity addict from the Southeastern US. He has played the violin and sung since he was a child. After a brief tenure as a university English professor, Dargan decided his path was music and subsequently studied and performed in the US, Europe, the UK, and Canada.  Seattle’s SunBreak wrote, “His is a beautiful voice which he used with nuanced musicianship and fine technique to give every song its due in meaning and emotion. Pacific MusicWorks wrote that, “James has a large and compelling presence and voice, and his spoken words were as communicative as the ones he sang.”  He currently lives and works in NYC.

Mark Whitlock, piano is a freelance piano technician, a part time pianist, and part time furniture builder. He is currently the concert technician for Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory. He has a degree in music from Crane School of Music in Potsdam, NY. Mr. Whitlock has collaborated with Boston Musicians over many years with a special concentration on Schubert Lieder.


This concert is free and open to the public. Cochran Chapel is handicapped accessible. For more information call the Music Department at (978) 749-4260 or e-mail to music@andover.edu.

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