Danrich, who wrote this show, shines as its sun, and not just because of her gorgeous singing. Her passion for that admirable group of black Harlem artists and intellectuals, some famous and some forgotten, came through in her body language and in every word and note.

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This Little Light of Mine

Chicago/Midwest EmmyWinner of the 2011 Chicago/Midwest EMMY®
Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On Camera Talent-Program Performer

Written by Adrienne Danrich under a commission from the Cincinnati Opera, This Little Light of Mine is an inventive one-woman musical tribute honoring the ground breaking careers of two African-American opera legends who overcame many racial barriers from the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights Movement to become international opera stars. Ms. Anderson became the first African-American singer to perform at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York and Ms. Price would take that torch and carry it to The Metropolitan Opera and the most prestigious opera houses around the world.

Best described as a ‘live documentary’, Ms. Danrich narrates the remarkable story with moving dialogue and songs and arias that bring the accomplishments of these two great women to audiences that will never hear them ‘live’. In addition to her storytelling ability and the beauty of her voice, Ms. Danrich creatively documents the lives of the two artist/pioneers by showing poignant multi-media images of the pair at different stages in their lives and playing audio excerpts of some of their most famous recordings.