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Kathleen Battle (Soprano)

KATHLEEN BATTLE - Underground Railroad: An evening of Spirituals featuring Cyrus Chestnut and the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers Saturday Jan 21, 2012 - Royce Hall-UCLA

Miss Battle offered an angelic voice with delicate phrasing and a sense of purpose throughout a well planned and executed program that deserves a PBS special and/or international tour. Brief Frederick Douglas excerpts were appropriately interspersed throughout the program by individual men in Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers. Pianist Cyrus Chestnut commanded considerable attention and received a strong standing ovation after a solo performance of 'Glory, Glory Hallelujah.' The Albert McNeil Singers achieved a dynamic balance with Miss Battle who did not speak to the audience except to recognize arranger Jacqueline Hairston in the audience. She selected 'Every Time I Feel The Spirit' for a single encore selection. Miss Battle confirmed an extensive list of career awards with continuing greatness and style.

Jacqui Hairston
New "Jacqueline Hairston Ensemble"
invited to perform in famed Carnegie Hall Feb 2012

Internationally acclaimed African-American composer Jacqueline B. Hairston and her talented ensemble invited to perform in New York's famed Carnegie Hall under the auspices of Mid-America Productions. Composer Jacqueline B. Hairston

PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 07, 2011

The African-American Voice in Classical Music, Patrick D. McCoy is pleased announce that the noted composer Jacqueline B. Hairston and her New Jacqueline Hairston Ensemble has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall, February 2012 under the auspices of MidAmerica Productions.

Dr. Hairston is an award-winning composer and arranger who has had her works performed by several renowned singers, notably by the soprano Kathleen Battle recently in a concert at the Music Center at Strathmore with the Morgan State University Choir and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

She will conduct a combined choir, comprised of singers from across the country in a number of her trademark spiritual arrangements.

For more information about how you can personally contribute to this venture, please feel free to contact Dr. Hairston directly at jhairs@sbcglobal.net.

Standing proudly on the shoulders of the late African-American classical music critic, Raoul Abdul, Patrick D. McCoy is committed to informing the entire community about the joys of classical music. Visit: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/patrickdmccoy

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Kathleen Battle (Soprano) "Underground Railroad"
An Evening with Kathleen Battle & the Baltimore Symphony and Morgan State University Choir

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An Evening with Kathleen Battle concert with the Baltimore Symphony and Grammy-nominated Morgan State University choir featured several Jacqueline Hairston Spirituals, newly arranged for the occasions on Thursday, May 27, 2010 at The Music Center at Strathmore and Saturday, May 29, 2010 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, MD. Superstar Kathleen Battle sang a moving program celebrating the roots of African-American music and freedom via the Underground Railroad. Hairston's Spirituals arranged for the Ms. Battle and the Morgan choir accompanied by the Baltimore Symphony included: Hale Smith's arrangement of "Balm in Gilead" and "Let Us Break Bread Together;" and Margaret Bonds' arrangement of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands. Two Hairston spirituals were a cappella and brilliantly performed by Ms. Battle & the Morgan choir: her published arrangement of "Fix Me, Jesus," and the world premiere of "Dontcha Let Nobody Turn You Round." Ms. Battle's sensitively performed encore for both evenings was Jacqueline Hairston's arrangement of "Were You There."

May 16, 2010, at 3:00 p.m.

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Robert Ball
Robert Ball, Marimbist

Jacqui Hairston
Jacqui Hairston

Robert Ball, a professional Marimbist of Los Angeles, CA and Jacqueline Hairston, award-winning ASCAP composer-arranger-pianist of the San Francisco Bay Area, will have a joint premier performance in Los Angeles commemorating Jester Hairston at the JESTER HAIRSTON SCHOLARSHIP PRESENTATION CONCERT, May 16, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at Holman United Methodist Church. The concert is featuring performances by approximately six Graduating High School Seniors who auditioned on April 17, 2010. Ball and Hairston represent one portion of this occasion focusing on Jester Hairston's rich legacy.

Ball, a music-major graduate of California State University, Los Angeles, who received his training from three noted Southern CA Marimba teachers, Emil Farlund, Howard Peterson and Earl Hatch, is "pairing" his musical prowess with Hairston, who received her music training/education at Juilliard School of Music, Howard University School of Music, and Columbia University. The two versatile, seasoned artists are combining their musical skills in a marimba-piano duet that Jacqueline arranged expressly for Remembering the Legacy of her esteemed cousin, Dr. Jester Hairston. Their instrumental duo-medley is highlighting some of Jester's favorite Spiritual arrangements: You Better Mind; Hold On; Elijah Rock; and Great Day. An added feature on a couple of the selections is Los Angeles former outstanding music educator-percussionist, and Scholarship Committee Chair Danellen Joseph, an energetic Djembe performer that Jacqueline adamantly validates.
Established 12 years ago, the Jester Hairston Scholarship Fund honors and recognizes the life of the late Jester Hairston, the extraordinarily gifted person who wore many "hats:" renowned choir conductor, composer-arranger, and actor raconteur, in addition to having been an American State Department Ambassador traveling all over the world teaching his Spirituals. Jester's cousin, pianist Jacqueline Hairston, is wearing two "hats" on program; she is also serving as Mistress of Ceremonies.

The graduating high school seniors-performing artists, were chosen in the past because of their "demonstrated music proficiency and commitment to pursue the study of music," a spokesperson said. Persons interested in helping future artistic aspirants may make donations to the Scholarship Fund, payable to Holman Church in Los Angeles - Attention: Jester Hairston Scholarship Fund. The public is cordially invited.
Contact Information:
Danellen Joseph - 323/737-0137

Jester Hairston
Jacqui attended the first Planning Meeting after being invited to serve on the first JESTER HAIRSTON DOCUMENTARY ADVISORY COUNCIL, which has as its mission: making contributions to and reviewing the Jester Hairston documentary script still in the developmental stages.

African Diaspora Sacred Music
Jacqui Hairston recently returned from Los AngelesHonored as a previous 2004 "Living Legend" award recipient from California State University Dominguez Hills, El Camino College Music Department, and the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music in Los Angeles, for her contributions to the African Diaspora Sacred Music.

On Saturday, March 6, from 2 to 4 p.m

The Museum of the African Diaspora of San Francisco has launched a new lecture series the months of February, March, April and May, exploring the cultural contest of spirituality across the Black Atlantic. ., Jacqueline Hairston is their special guest presenter. Her theme, EXPLORING AND EVOKING THE BALM IN GILEAD, will show why Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. quoted Dr. Howard Thurman's affirmation that "There IS a Balm in Gilead."

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In Concert - Valerie Brown
“Spirit of Love”
Unity Palo Alto Community Church
Sunday, February 28, 2010 @ 6pm
An Evening of Music

Valery Brown
Valerie Brown

Jacqui Hairston
Jacqui Hairston
Join Music Director Valerie L. Brown and Vocal Story mass choir with the First Lady of spiritual arrangements, Ms. Jacqueline B. Hairston. The concert will weave a story of love, strength and courage that will sustain you long after the concert is over.

3391 Middlefield Rd
Palo Alto, CA 94306
ph 650-494-7222
For tickets or more information please call: 650.494.7222, or visit www.unitypaloalto.org
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Jacqui Hairston Named Oakland's TREASURE
Maestro Michael Morgan introduced Composer-Arranger Jacqui Hairston as one of Oakland's TREASURES at the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra and Oakland Symphony Chorus' 4 p.m. "BREAK BREAD CONCERT" on Sunday, December 13, 2009 at the Paramount Theater.

Her two featured arrangements were "Roun' de Glory Manger" performed by the Orchestra and Chorus, and "Come Back Home" performed accappella by the Symphony Chorus.

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