Actress Angela Bassett to be Narrator for Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad – A Spiritual Journey

Academy Award-nominee, Angela Bassett will join Kathleen Battle as a guest narrator in Battle’s program Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey accompanied by pianist Joel Martin and the LA-based choir, The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) on Thursday, March 29 at 8:00pm.

Angela Bassett’s talent and abilities as an actress, director, and executive producer in both television and film have garnered well-deserved respect and acclaim from peers and fans; proving her to be one of the industry’s premier leading ladies.  She currently stars in Marvel’s mega-hit movie Black Panther and Fox Television’s highly acclaimed new drama 9-1-1.

American soprano Kathleen Battle’s luminous voice has been called by The Washington Post “…without qualification, one of the very few most beautiful in the world.”  Yet beyond the glory of her singing, in a career filled with countless accolades, honors and major milestones, what has perhaps distinguished her most is her almost magical ability to create an unwavering emotional bond between herself, her music and her audience.  This performance will mark Ms. Battle’s debut at The Soraya.

“Kathleen Battle is an American treasure and we are delighted to present the Los Angeles premiere of her extraordinary piece honoring the legacy of the Underground Railroad,” said Thor Steingraber, The Soraya’s Executive Director.  “The plight of people escaping slavery in this country is an indelible part of our history.  This chapter of human migration—the journey of determined individuals seeking new opportunity or the plight of those tragically displaced—is as relevant a matter today as any time in history.  The addition of Angela Bassett will connect another powerful female voice to this momentous performance.”

Kathleen Battle’s program Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey completes a series of five thematic attractions for the 2017-2018 season programmed by Steingraber to explore the broad movements of peoples either through immigration or migration – including Leilah Broukhim tracing her Sephardic Jewish Roots, Step Afrika! inspired by Jacob Lawrence Migration Series paintings, Dublin Irish Dance telling the story of the Irish immigration to America, and Cruzar la Cara de la Luna from Mariachi Vargas de Techlitian about Mexican-American immigration.

Tickets for Kathleen Battle: Underground Railroad—A Spiritual Journey priced from $43-$103, are now available at ValleyPerformingArtsCenter.org or by calling (818) 677-3000. The Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya) is located on the campus of California State University, Northridge (CSUN), 18111 Nordhoff Street Northridge, CA 91330-8448, at the corner of Nordhoff and Lindley.

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