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{ program notes Marin Alsop For Marin Alsop’s bio., please see pg. 12. Kwame Kwei-Armah For Kwame Kwei-Armah’s bio., please see pg. 19. Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall Friday, April 8, 2016 — 8 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016 — 3p.m. Music Center At Strathmore Saturday, April 9, 2016— 8 p.m. Presenting Sponsor: Marin Alsop, Conductor Kwame Kwei-Armah, Director Cast Porgy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Derrick Parker Bess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Laquita Mitchell Clara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Onadek Winan Sportin’ Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Larry D. Hylton Crown . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lester Lynch Chorus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Morgan State University Choir Performance ACT I ACT III Scene I Overture—Jasbo Brown (Chorus) “Summertime” (Clara) “Roll dem bones” (Sportin’ Life, Chorus) “A woman is a sometime thing” (Jake, Chorus) “They pass by singin’ ” (Porgy) Craps game (Porgy, Crown, Sportin’ Life, Bess, Jim, Robbins, Maria, Chorus) Scene 1 “Porgy, Porgy, that you there ain't it?...I loves you Porgy” (Bess, Porgy) Hurricane scene (Clara, Maria) Scene 2 Funeral Scene: “Where is brudder Robbins?” —“Fill up de saucer till it overflow” (Chorus) “My man's gone now” (Serena, Chorus) “Oh we're leavin' for the Promise' Land” (Bess, Chorus) ACT II Scene 1 “I got plenty o' nuttin' ” (Porgy, Chorus) “Bess, you is my woman now” (Porgy, Bess) “Oh, I can't sit down” (Chorus) Scene 2 “It ain't necessarily so” (Sportin’ Life, Chorus) “Shame on all you sinners” (Serena) “Crown!...What you want wid Bess?” (Bess, Crown) INTERMISSION 28 O v ertur e | www. bsomusic .org Scene 2 “Clara, Clara, don't you be downhearted” (Chorus) “Summertime [reprise]” (Bess) ACT IV Scene 1 “There’s a boat that's leaving soon for New York” (Bess, Sportin’ Life) Scene 2 “How are you dis mornin'?“ (Chorus) “Welcome home Porgy...Bess is gone” (Porgy, Mingo, Serena, Maria, Chorus) Finale: “Oh Lawd, I'm on my way” (Porgy, Chorus) Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall The concert will end at approximately 9:55 p.m. on Friday and 4:55 p.m. on Sunday. Music Center At Strathmore The concert will end at approximately 10 p.m. Derrick Parker Porgy Derrick Parker’s many operatic performances include Alidoro in La cenerentola with Portland Opera, Fort Worth Opera and Utah Opera; Colline in La bohème with Fort Worth Opera, Cleveland Opera, Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Shreveport Opera; Raimondo in Lucia di Lammermoor with Fort Worth Opera and Banquo in Macbeth with Anchorage Opera. The bass-baritone made his European operatic debut in performances of Mel in Sir Michael Tippett’s The Knot Garden at the Scottish Opera and recently sang Crown in Porgy and Bess with Cape Town Opera. Mr. Parker has joined both the Dallas Symphony and Pacific Symphony for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9; Utah Symphony for Mozart’s Requiem and Bernstein’s Mass; BSO and Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, both conducted by Marin Alsop as well as Poland’s Sinfonia Cracovia for Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess suite. Mr. Parker is the recipient of a Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshanna Foundation as well as a Sullivan Foundation Award. He is a former member of the prestigious Houston Grand Opera Studio Program as well as Glimmerglass Opera’s Young American Artist program, Wolf Trap Opera’s Filene Young Artist Program, and the programs of the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis and Chautauqua Opera. He holds a Master of Music from Eastman School of Music and earned his Bachelor of Music from Florida State University. Derrick Parker last appeared with the BSO in July 2012, performing as part of the July 4th program, with Robert Franz conducting.