Charles Lloyd Jr., director of the Southern University Concert Choir, will be the guest artist for the Music Club of Baton Rouge’s monthly recital on Oct. 10 at the Woman’s Clubhouse, 259 T.J. Jemison Blvd. The free “Southern Charm” program begins at 10:30am with coffee at 9:45am. Appearing with Lloyd will be Jaqueline Paige-Green and Richard Hobson. Lloyd is a recording artist, arranger, accompanist, composer, coach and an expert in the field of the spiritual art song. Two of his works were performed by Kathleen Battle and Jesse Norman on the 1990 “Spirituals in Concert” conducted by James Levine and recorded by Deutsche Gramophone.
With more than 150 compositions to his credit, Lloyd is a major figure in the field of vocal music. His output has run the gamut from hymns to operas, cantatas to art songs, though he’s most readily identified with spirituals, which constitute more than half his work as a composer.
According to Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle, Lloyd has not only made arrangements that preserve the traditional sound of this rich music but also adapted them for choirs and created contemporary versions that draw on the art song tradition. His achievements have made his music sought out by the likes of Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman.
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