“Lift Every Voice & Sing”: A Musical Celebration of Juneteenth

Location

Living Room

Description

Lift Every Voice & Sing is often referred to as the “Black National Anthem” because its lyrics voice the cry for black people’s liberation and affirmation. Sharing select poems, lyrics, and other works, Anthony McGlaun and Kenny Moten will lead the audience through a historical look into the words and songs of enslaved ancestors. In partnership with The Music District, this event is free and open to the public, though we ask the audience to be mindful of the content and age of attendees.

Celebrations of Juneteenth is a series of events created by Musician’s Angel Network with a dual purpose: to commemorate and celebrate freedom. This is the first year the Fort Collins community will see collaboratively created events surrounding the national holiday that commemorates the date slaves were released to freedom (June 19, 1865). Spread the word about the following Celebrations of Juneteenth events from June 3rd – June 19th. The final event is Juneteenth Gives Back at FoCo Cafe on June 19th! 

 

About Anthony & Kenny:

Anthony P. McGlaun is noted for his clarity of tone, musicality and expressive delivery of text. Mr. McGlaun, a Detroit, Michigan native, received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Morehouse College and a Master of Music from the University of Northern Iowa.

Upon his return to Detroit, Mr. McGlaun joined the faculty of Marygrove College where he served as Director of Vocal Activities and Assistant Professor of Music from 2004-2009. He also was member of the Michigan Opera Theater Chorus and was an Apprentice with the company in the 2008-09 season singing the roles of Uncle Yakuside in Madame Butterfly and Remendado in Carmen. In the fall of 2009 Mr. McGlaun relocated to New York City to pursue a full-time performance career. During that time, he appeared in a national tour of Porgy and Bess and a national broadcast of the Messiah as Tenor Soloist. McGlaun also performed the role of Robert in Hin und Zurürck at the Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, where The New York Times recognized his performance as “…a telling, if too brief, showcase…” and “…amusingly characterized and well-sung.” Recently, McGlaun has appeared as Sportin’ Life in The Skylight Music Theatre’s production of The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, where the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel acclaimed him “…singing with ease and clarity.” McGlaun also performed the role of PoPo in the Chicago premiere of Troubled Island, and Robert, in the world premiere of Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom. Mr. McGlaun has also made role debuts with both Lyric Opera of Chicago and San Francisco Opera.

Kenny Moten is an award winning vocalist and director who has performed on stages across the country. His vocal experience spans the genres of musical theater, pop and jazz. Some of Kenny’s favorite theater roles include playing Seaweed in “Hairspray,” Victor in “Smokey Joe’s Café,” The Leading Player in “Pippin,” Joseph in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and Berger in “Hair.”