AUSTIN WARREN


Gerald Law II and the Clutch and Zoe McCray bookend a strong weekend of Black expression in Orlando

click to enlarge Austin WarrenJoel, Gerald and Jamiel Lawclick to enlarge Photo courtesy of Zoe McCrayZoe McCray and Jessica RaspolichThis weekend is a fitting musical launch forwith two consecutive days of expression that’s not just incidentally Black but proudly and intentionally so.On Saturday, Feb. 6, local jazz groupwill kick it off at the Dr. Phillips Center’s Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater. More than just musical selections from Law’s latest two companion albums (), this program will notably feature selections froma multimedia project by Gerald and brothers Joel and Jamiel that frames African-American culture through the perspective and voices of its people.To optimize safety, the night is a two-show stand with seating in either single, spaced-out gallery seats or tables for four. Tickets for the 7 p.m. show and the 9 p.m. show are both currently available.Then, on Sunday, Feb. 7, local singer— a member of the Voices of Liberty singing group at Epcot — will manifest the Black voice in her own soprano at Timucua Arts Foundation. Titledafter the Beatles classic that McCartney wrote during the Civil Rights movement to honor Black women, her recital — accompanied by pianist— will be devoted to classical composers of color and arias written with a Black woman as the narrator.To maximize viewing opportunities while maintaining safety-minded capacity, Timucua will offer donation-based tickets to the in-person performance as well as a livestream of the event. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.If you go out, respect everyone’s distance, for all our sakes.

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