Onyx Vocal Consort
Feb 11, 2011
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
|Where||Performing Arts Center|
|Contact Name||Jacqueline Bailey|
Suggested donation: $10.00
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A native of Atlanta Georgia, Countertenor Brian Nesby’s musical Background is as unique as his voice. His musical exposure began at Tuskegee Institute with the Golden voices. There he was introduced to Negro spirituals and had the opportunity to sing under the baton of the historic composer, of Negro spirituals, William Dawson. Brian has appeared as a soloist in several venues of notable distinction, and performed a wide range of repertoire including classical and contemporary oratorio, such as Händel’s Messiah, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Jazz Mass, as well as various classical, contemporary operatic and musical theatre works. He has also performed with groups at Carnegie Hall, The Schomburg Cultural Center, The New York Historical Society, Aaron Davis Hall, The Brooklyn Academy, and The Performing Arts Center SUNY Purchase.
Dedicated to the continuance of the legacy in vocal performance by people of African descent, the Onyx Vocal Consort is a collective coalition of artists. The consortium seeks to go beyond entertainment, to educate and to enlighten the community at large, particularly those that might go underserved while being inundated with the narrow focus that pop culture demands. Through it’s performance of the traditional standard classical/contemporary repertoire, recognizes not only the historic contributions of people of color, but sows the embryonic seeds of dreams and hopes for the ensuing generation of young aspiring artists. History made its judgment by producing Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson, and in turn, provided a beacon light and inspiration for Leontyne Price, Grace Bumbry, and generations that followed. To this credo the consort devotes itself not only to the high calling of excellence to the art but to the world at large.