The Houston Symphony, conducted by Kirk Smith, presents "Lift Ev'ry Voice" on February 20th at the Morris Arts Center at Houston Baptist University. Reginald Smith Jr. will sing excerpts from Nightsongs, by H. Leslie Adams, in the version of Adams' well-known collection of art songs on poetry of African-American poets, as it was orchestrated for Mezzo-Soprano Hilda Harris. Prayer (Langston Hughes), Night Song (Clarissa Scott Delany), and Creole Girl (Morgan Collins).
Baritone Reginald Smith, Jr. was a 2015 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and is a graduate of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He has been praised by the NY Times as a "passionate performer" and by Opera News for his "powerful and attractive" voice. He has performed with the Houston Grand Opera, the Cincinnatti Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, and in concert with the Atlanta Symphony, among others. Mr. Smith will debut with the Toledo Opera in Madama Butterfly in the 2015-16 season.