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Palm Beach Opera is thrilled to announce a pioneering collaboration with The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches.  CROSSINGS: Two Traditions. One Musical Heritage. is a one-night-only concert event that tells the story of opera and the traditional African American spiritual and will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. at the Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth.

The concert will uncover the musical threads that connect the traditional African American spiritual to opera, showcasing significant moments in both musical worlds and bringing together communities through song.

Tickets are $25 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by calling the Palm Beach Opera Box Office at 561-833-7888 or online at

CROSSINGS will feature Miami-based international opera singer Neil Nelson, baritone; Palm Beach Opera Associate Conductor and Chorus Master Greg Ritchey, piano; Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artists; and the award-winning Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches led by Dr. Orville Lawton.

Concert repertoire will feature standard spirituals such as Old Time Religion and My soul’s been anchored in the Lord, as well as selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, Verdi’s Nabucco, and Bernstein’s Candide.

WHO:             Palm Beach Opera and The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches

WHAT:           CROSSINGS: Two Traditions. One Musical Heritage

WHEN:          Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM

WHERE:        Duncan Theatre at Palm Beach State College, 4200 S Congress Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33461

TICKETS:      $25 Each. Call 561-833-7888 or buy online at



Neil Nelson:

Greg Ritchey:

The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches:

Dr. Orville Lawton:



The mission of The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches is to keep alive an awareness of the African-American heritage through the preservation and performance of the Negro Spiritual, a song that came out of the slavery experience. Through its performances of the Negro Spirituals, the Chorale seeks to raise, as well as reaffirm, the great tradition and contribution made to American music by African-Americans.



Palm Beach Opera is dedicated to producing live opera at an international standard of excellence and to enriching the life of the communities it serves with a diverse offering of educational programs. Founded in 1961, the fully professional Palm Beach Opera presents mainstage performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach and is a proud member of OPERA America and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

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