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Virtual Concert Hall | Reflections with Markel Reed

February 23, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - March 4, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

Premieres Wednesday, February 23rd, 12PM

Concert Description:
Bronx Arts Ensemble presents a virtual afternoon of reflection with rising opera singer Markel Reed.

The varied program includes Johannes Brahms, Ben Moore, and Black American treasure Margaret Bonds.

 The concert will be accompanied by an Interview with Markel Reed. This interview explores a number of topics, including Reed’s experiences as a black man in the classical music industry.

This is a replay of the concert from Saturday 5 February, 2022. This event was filmed at Bronx House.

Markel Reed, baritone
Kyle P. Walker, piano

Markel Reed, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, has been featured in various concerts, recitals, and performances throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe

As a passionate conveyor of the operatic repertoire, Mr. Reed is a wonderful interpreter of both the standard, as well as contemporary works.

In 2019, Reed originated the role of “Chester” in the premiere of Terence Blanchard’s acclaimed opera Fire Shut up in my Bones with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.  Following this, Mr. Reed had the pleasure of singing in the Metropolitan Opera’s Grammy-winning production of Porgy and Bess.


  1. Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)    

   Vier Erste Gesänge    op. 121            from biblical texts

  1. Denn es gehet Menschen Ecclesiastes (3:19-22)
  2. Ich wandte mich Ecclesiastes (4:1-3)
  3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du Sirach (41:1-2)
  4. Wenn ich mit Menschen 1 Corinthians (13:1-3, 12-13)
  5. Benjamin Moore ( 1960-Present)

    From Ode to A Nightingale              poems by John Keats (1795-1821)

  1. My Heart Aches
  2. Fade far away
  3. Away! away!
  4. I cannot see what flowers
  5.   Thou wast not born for death
  6. Adieu


III. Francis Poulenc (1899-1963)

  From Banalités       Guillaume Apollinaire (1880-1918)

  1. Chanson d’Orkenise
  2. Hôtel
  3. Voyage à Paris
  4. Margaret Bonds (1913-1972)

     Three Dream Portraits          poetry by Langston Hughes (1902-1967)

  1. Minstrel Man
  2. Dream Variations
  3. I, Too
  4. Terence Blanchard (1962- Present)

  There Was a Storm text by Kasi Lemmons  (1961-Present)



February 23, 2022 @ 12:00 pm
March 4, 2022 @ 4:00 pm
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