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Jan 18, 2022
Cobb Great Hall

Our Song, Our Story

The New Generation of Black Voices

Jan 18, 2022
Cobb Great Hall

Our Song, Our Story

The New Generation of Black Voices

COVID-19 Protocols

Updated as of January 1, 2022. Safety requirements in place at Wharton Center:

  • Proof of vaccinations or negative test for ages 12 and older.
    • Provide proof of vaccination by showing an original vaccination card, a copy of the card or a digital photo on a smartphone, AND a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.  
    • Unvaccinated patrons must show a negative COVID-19 test. Your test must list the results, a time stamp within 72 hours before your performance time, your name AND be presented with a photo ID.
    • Michigan State University students, faculty and staff can show their University ID as proof of compliance with the university's vaccine mandate. 
  • Wearing of masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, for the duration of the performance.

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Contact the ticket office by email or phone for information on how to proceed.

Jackson Donor Lounge

Welcome to the Jackson Donor Lounge. As we welcome back our artists, audiences, staff and volunteers, health and safety remain our number one priority. We continue to review our policies and thank you in advance for your cooperation so we can safely continue to gather for live performances.

We are currently opening the lounge 90 minutes prior to the performance. Masks are required at all times while inside any MSU facility. For this reason we are limiting our refreshments to water, coffee and individually wrapped single serve sweets. Masks may be briefly removed while eating or drinking. We ask that no food or beverages be removed from the lounge. Thank you.

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Run Time and Program

Performance Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission



Evocation (for solo piano)
Hale Smith (Black composer)


In That Great Getting Up Morning
Traditional spiritual arr. by Damien Sneed

Ride On King Jesus
Hall Johnson (Black composer)
Traditional spiritual arr. by Damien Sneed

Lord How Come Me Here
Traditional spiritual arr. by Brandie Sutton 

Hold On
Traditional spiritual arr. by Ramon Braxton (Black composer) & Damien Sneed

Scandalized My Name
Traditional spiritual arr. by Damien Sneed


The Earth Sings song cycle
based on James Weldon Johnson
Damien Sneed (Black composer)
World Premiere commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation Charles Kingsford Fund

Chanson Perpetuelle
Sneed, Bryce-Davis

Robert Schumann

Richard Strauss

Till I Wake
Harry T. Burleigh (Black composer)

String Quartet, No. 1 "Calvary"—Allegro
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson(Black composer)


Vieni o tu che ognor io chiamo
from Caterina Ornaro
Gaetano Donizetti

O Don Fatale
from Don Carlos
Giuseppe Verdi

I Am Moses the Liberator
from Harriet Tubman
Nkeiru Okoye (Black composer)

I Was A Constant Faithful Wife
from The Bear
William Walton

Belle nuit (Barcarolle)
from Le Contes D'Hoffmann
Jacques Offenbach


We Wear The Mask
B.E. Boykin

Nobody's Business
Peter Ashbourne arr. by Damien Sneed

In A Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
Traditional spiritual arr. by Damien Sneed


Group Information

Groups tickets are available for groups of 10 or more. 

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