Good Sunday Morning!
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I included President Obama’s leading the audience in ‘Amazing Grace’.  {NCM Blog below for his full eulogy).  Another version of Amazing Grace by Judy Collins, singer, songwriter & social activist with The Boys Choir of Harlem.
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‘Tour-de-force’
And to start your week a tour-de-force performance of ‘He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand’ duet with dramatic mezzo soprano, Jessye Norman and light lyric soprano Kathleen Battle.  
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​President Obama leads the audience in singing 
Amazing Grace at the eulogy for state senator the
Rev. Clementa Pinchney_June 26, 2015


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Judy Collins performs with the Boys Choir of Harlem in this 
nationally televised 1993 Memorial Day concert at the Capitol 
building in Washington D.C. The introduction is by the late 
actor, E. G. Marshall.
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​The late Marian Anderson had a vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty.  

Standing left is Jessye Norman, with a Falcon voice otherwise known as

dramatic mezzo spinto range.  James Levine, renowned conductor

and Kathleen Battle, has an operatic light lyric soprano known for her

distinctive vocal range and tone.  Carnegie Hall_March 1990

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It was Marian Anderson who broke the racial barrier in opera, and it was through opera that the last three decades of Black American singers made their way. From the first great standard-bearer of that group, Leontyne Price, down to the present generation represented by Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman, almost all of these singers have made spirituals a central element of their recitals
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The Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman:  Spirituals in Concert Audio CD and/or Video has 18 spirituals some familiar and others not as well known.  Each diva has solos as well as duets.  “It is a ‘tour-de-force’ of pastiche, charisma, camp and virtuosity.”
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Rest in Peace!

​Rev. Clementa Pinckney 
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