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Still Singing

Cantare is excited to offer an all-new program during shelter-in-place: Still Singing. Each series of five or six weekly lectures/sing-alongs explores new topics, such as classical masterworks, the history of African American Music, and more.

I’ve Been In the Storm So Long​

Register now to join Artistic Director David Morales via Zoom on Monday evenings from August 24 to September 28, 7-9pm, to explore African American history through music, from minstrelsy to hip hop.

Part of each session will be devoted to singing along, so attendees can fully experience the music. Musical scores, lyrics, links to recordings, and whatever other material is appropriate for each week will be shown onscreen as well as sent to all registrants on the Friday before each class, and again on that Monday. Printing material out is encouraged for your convenience.

Each class session will be recorded, and links to the recording sent afterward to all those registered for that week. So don't be afraid to sign up even if time zones or other Monday evening events make it difficult to attend live! 

David brings a wealth of study and expertise to this subject, having taught African American Music classes throughout his 25-year tenure as a full time college music professor at Oakland’s Merritt College. 

Says David, "This topic is certainly timely, providing an opportunity to gain in understanding the impact of slavery that is foundational to America's history, past and present, expressed through the creativity of an oppressed people.” All are encouraged to participate.

Classes:

 

Aug. 24

With My Banjo on My Knee: Minstrelsy

God’s Gonna Trouble de Waters: Spirituals

  

Aug. 31

Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out: Blues

I’m Saving My Love for You: Jazz

  

Sept. 7 (Labor Day)

O Happy Day!: Black Gospel Music

In the Still of the Night: Boy and Girl Groups

  

Sept. 14

Off to the Movies: African Americans in musical films

  

Sept. 21

Shake Rattle & Roll: Early R&B, Rock n Roll, Motown

River Deep–Mountain High: Soul Music

  

Sept. 28

What’s Going On: Social and Political Songs of the 60’s & 70’s

Fight the Power: Social and Political Hip-Hop

Time: Monday evenings, 7pm – 9pm
Tuition: $15/session 

Registration for each week closes at 5pm PDT on that Monday.

Previous Still Singing Series

Decoding the Masterworks

June 22: July 20

June 22: Messiah – G. F. Handel
June 29: The Creation – F. J. Haydn
July 6: A German Requiem – Johannes Brahms

July 13: Elijah – Felix Mendelssohn
July 20: Missa da Requiem – Giuseppe Verdi