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Opera Carolina celebrates MLK life, legacy with Art Poetry Music
Jan. 20 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
 
Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:25 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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OnQ Productions founder Quentin Talley will direct National Poetry Slam champion Angelo Geter at Art Poetry Music Jan. 20 at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Art Poetry Music is returning to Beatties Ford Road.


The annual program produced by Opera Carolina celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on Jan. 20 from 7-9 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 2400 Beatties Ford Road. It features music by the Lovelle Bradford Quartet as well as National Poetry Slam champion Angelo “EyeAmBic” Geter, under the direction of OnQ Productions founder Quentin Talley.


“OnQ has been a part of it for about four-five years now,” Talley said. “It’s a great annual program, celebrating Charlotte’s black culture and also, of course, MLK Day. This year’s program is similar to past years—mixing classical music and jazz and readings of MLK. It should be a good time. Like the name says, ‘art, poetry and music.’

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“I have always been a big fan of classical music,” Talley said. “I grew up on opera music. My mom is a big opera fan. I have worked with Opera Carolina over the years and formed a relationship with Maestro James Meena. They are just a great company to work with. He asked me to direct a show for them a couple years ago—‘Rise to Freedom.’ I have just had a great working relationship with them, merging opera and black culture.


“That’s the reason I keep coming back. Opera Carolina is a great organization to work with, and bringing opera to the masses.”

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