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The Poet in Chicago

By M.L. RANTALA
Classical Music Critic

Under the musical direction of Leslie Dunner and artist director, Amy Hutchinson, The South Shore Opera Company of Chicago premiered the fully orchestrated version of The Poet, October 29, 2017.

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 The Poet In Chicago Cast Members 

The Poet In Chicago Cast Members 

South Shore Opera Company of Chicago: Interview with the composer.

 "Jacob's Ladder" and "Let My People Go" 

"Jacob's Ladder" and "Let My People Go" 

  "The Poet"  Denyce Graves as Matilda Dunbar with Gregory J. Watkins as Paul Laurence Dunbar Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, 2014.

"The Poet"
Denyce Graves as Matilda Dunbar with Gregory J. Watkins as Paul Laurence Dunbar
Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, 2014.

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Performances

"Till the Wind Gets Right"
Lester Lynch as Paul Laurence Dunbar
Opera@Morgan, 2018.

“You Better Mind” for Male Octet
Performers: Richard Odom, Marc Banks-Mackey, Clifton Ross, III, Anthony Pierce, Darrick Speller, Gregory J. Watkins, Marcel Sawyer, Alvy Powell
Rivers in the Desert, 2017.

   “Victoria, Darling”    Danielle Muse as Victoria Matthews  Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows:  Act 1, Scene 8 Opera@Morgan, 2018.

“Victoria, Darling” 
Danielle Muse as Victoria Matthews
Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows: Act 1, Scene 8
Opera@Morgan, 2018.

   "Sister, Sister"   Brandie Sutton as Mary Leila Wright  Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows:  Act 1, Scene 7   Opera North, Philadelphia, PA., 2010.

"Sister, Sister"
Brandie Sutton as Mary Leila Wright
Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows: Act 1, Scene 7  
Opera North, Philadelphia, PA., 2010.

   “A Boy’s Summer”   David Haynes, Geremy Faulkner and Malachi White  Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows:  Act 1, Scene 1 Catholic University of America, 2009.

“A Boy’s Summer”
David Haynes, Geremy Faulkner and Malachi White
Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows: Act 1, Scene 1
Catholic University of America, 2009.

  "Victoria, Darling"  Jessi Baden-Campbell as Patricia Wright Moore  Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows  Act 1, Scene 8 The Catholic University of America, 2009.

"Victoria, Darling"
Jessi Baden-Campbell as Patricia Wright Moore
Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows Act 1, Scene 8
The Catholic University of America, 2009.

  "Hold On!"   Alvy Powell, Bass  Rivers in the Desert, 2017. 

"Hold On!"
Alvy Powell, Bass
Rivers in the Desert, 2017. 

   “I Could Learn to Love Him”   Lisa Edwards-Burrs as Alice Ruth Moore  "The Poet",  Scene 15 Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, 2014. 

“I Could Learn to Love Him”
Lisa Edwards-Burrs as Alice Ruth Moore
"The Poet", Scene 15
Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, 2014. 

   “Majors’ and Minors’ Review”   Gregory J. Watkins as Paul Laurence Dunbar  "The Poet" , Act 1, Scene 3  Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, 2014

“Majors’ and Minors’ Review”
Gregory J. Watkins as Paul Laurence Dunbar
"The Poet", Act 1, Scene 3
Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, 2014