Make Them Hear You: A Recital of Spirituals

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Make Them Hear You: A Recital of Spirituals

A Special Presentation Celebrating Black History Month at The Phelps

with a pre-recital talk by Sharon Ball

Sunday, February 18, 2018
3:00 pm

TSHOMBE SELBY, tenor
ISHMAEL WALLACE, piano

Call (607) 722-4873 for reservations
$15 at the door • $10 Phelps members and seniors

The Phelps Mansion Museum (191 Court St. in Binghamton) will celebrate Black History Month with a concert of African-American spirituals from tenor Tshombe Selby and pianist Ishmael Wallace at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Selby, a native of Manteo, North Carolina, was first introduced to music in church where he began singing with the youth choir at age 5. At 15, he became minister of music for his church, taught himself to play the gospel keyboard, and performed at school and community events.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in music performance from Elizabeth City State University, where he was tenor soloist in the University Choir. Performance experience included tours of the United States and Africa as well as singing for North Carolina state senators and the U.S. Congress.

In 2013, Selby apprenticed with Nico Castel and his wife, Carol Castel, of the New York Opera Studio. He gave his solo Carnegie Hall debut in the Stein Auditorium in February 2015 as a tenor soloist with DCINY in “The Exodus,” an oratorio by E. Robinson.

Selby has performed many roles in the New York metropolitan area including King Kasper (”Amahl and the Night Visitors”), Count Almaviva (”The Barber of Seville”), the Duke (”Rigoletto”), Lensky (”Eugene Onegin”) and Alfred (”Die Fledermaus”).

Last year, Selby then recorded his first solo project, “Make Them Hear You,” a collection of hymns and spirituals that serves as the basis of Sunday’s Phelps concert.

Ishmael Wallace — a pianist, composer, teacher and vocal coach — is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music and Mannes College of Music. He resides in New York City, where he is co-founder and pianist for the Orfeo Duo with his violinist sister, Vita. They are currently recording Beethoven’s 10 violin and piano sonatas using an early 1800s historical piano.

Sharon Ball — formerly an NPR senior cultural editor and the Broome County Arts Council executive director — will give a pre-recital talk.

Tickets are $15 ($10 for seniors or Phelps members); call 607-722-4873 for reservations.

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