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Karen Slack, soprano and Kevin Miller, piano

Renowned opera star Karen Slack is “not only one of the nation’s most celebrated sopranos, but a leading voice in changing and making spaces in classical music” – Trilloquy.

Karen Slack returns to FCM’s Chamber Series with the Colorado premiere of African Queens, a vocal recital celebrating the history and legacy of seven African queens, celebrated as rulers but rarely recognized in the western world.  The program includes new art songs by acclaimed composers Jasmine Barnes, Damien Geter, Jessie Montgomery, Shawn Okpebholo, Dave Ragland, Carlos Simon, and Joel Thompson.

Commissioned by Friends of Chamber Music along with the Aspen Music Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra for the Tanglewood Learning Institute, Ravinia Festival, Washington Performing Arts, and New York’s 92nd Street Y. 

Thanks to the National Endowment for the Arts for providing funding for this program.

Event Details

October 2, 2024 @ 7:30 pm
Season tickets on sale now. Single tickets on sale June 21.

Venue Information

Gates Hall, Newman Center
2344 E. Iliff Ave.
Denver, CO 80208 United States


  • Dave Ragland: Precatio
  • Carlos Simon: Behold, The Queen
  • Dave Ragland: The Queen of Sheba
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: "A Prayer" from African Romances, Op. 17, no. 3
  • Florence Price: Night
  • Will Liverman: Invocation
  • Fred Onovwerosuoke: Luwah (Bitter Tears)
  • Damien Geter: Amanirenas
  • Fred Onovwerosuoke: Duniya (Mystic Universe)
  • Florence Price: Bewilderment
  • Jasmine Barnes: I Am Not Your God
  • Jessie Montgomery: The Song of Nzingha
  • Will Liverman: Incantation
  • Joel Thompson: Queen Nanny
  • Shawn Okpebholo: A Letter From Queen Ufua