This Little Light of Mine: The Stories of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price
Artwork: Aimee Martini (2017)
This Little Light of Mine, written and performed over 80 times by EMMY® Award Winning Soprano Adrienne Danrich, is an inventive one- woman musical tribute honoring the ground-breaking careers of Marian Anderson and Leontyne Price. Danrich’s storytelling ability, the beauty of her voice, and poignant multi-media images creatively document the lives of these two internationally renowned artists who overcame many racial barriers from the Jim Crow era through the Civil Rights Movement and beyond. Two courageous women, two incredible voices and one unforgettable, hope filled story (2011 Midwest Emmy Winner-Adrienne Danrich for Outstanding Crafts Achievement for On-Camera Talent – Program Performer/Narrator’, Milwaukee Public Television; 2011 Midwest Emmy Nominee ‘Outstanding Achievement for Arts/Entertainment Programming’; Commissioned by Cincinnati Opera 2007).
Love & Trouble: Five Personas ~ One Voice
Artwork: Aimee Martini (2017)
Love & Trouble is a dramatic song cycle written and performed by Adrienne Danrich in collaboration with composer Dave Hall. Love & Trouble explores the many facets of love from the perspective of five different personas, or more accurately five different Lovers. The show is presented cabaret-style and is the first of Adrienne’s one-woman programs to feature her original lyrics, poems & musical compositions. Adrienne and Dave utilize different musical styles including Classical, Jazz, Gospel, and Blues as a platform to allow each of the Lovers to express themselves in a unique, toe tapping, emotionally riveting, and uplifting presentation (“Great performance! …her absolutely fabulous voice and delivery… Her unique talent, voice, articulation, and personality…” Lynn Garon-former manager for composer, Steve Reich).
Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance
Artwork: Nightlife Archibald J. Motley, Jr. (1943)
Echoes of the Harlem Renaissance is the third in a series of live documentaries written by Emmy Award winner, Soprano, Adrienne Danrich. This musical tribute celebrates one of the most exciting times in American history– the 1920s and 1930s in Harlem, New York. Honoring musicians, writers, composers and visual artists working at that time, the program salutes Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, and Duke Ellington among others. Baritone, Eric McKeever and Pianist, Djordje Nesic join Adrienne in performing popular songs from the era, reciting poems that highlight the emerging pride in the African American experience and displaying photo images and artwork as a backdrop to the narrative. Even today the spirit of the Harlem Renaissance echoes in the music and art world. Through contemporary artwork and newly commissioned music by New York based composer, Drew Hemenger, Adrienne pays homage to the brilliance of Harlem Renaissance artists.
An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance
Artwork: Window Cleaning-Aaron Douglas 1935
An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance is a musical celebration of one of the most exciting times in American History for African-American writers, singers, composers and virtually all creative souls. Written by Soprano, Adrienne Danrich this multi-media program is filled with the sights and sounds of the time, which are brought to life using photos, recordings, and songs that were a big hit during this period, featuring music of Billie Holiday, Margaret Bonds, Harold Arlen, and George Gershwin, among others. The concert will also transport us to the present day as we will hear poems from the Harlem Renaissance set to music by the New York based composer Drew Hemenger along with songs by Ricky Ian Gordon and John Musto. An exciting evening of history told through song and narrative (Commissioned by Indiana University-Pennsylvania. Includes 6 cast members chosen by the producing organization from the community or students & faculty, if presented at a University).