The Paul Robeson Songbook:
A Negro Spiritual and Gospel Celebration
of the Music of Paul Robeson
Sunday, August 21, 2016
As part of the ongoing events associated with the exhibit, Against All Odds, Philadelphia baritone Keith Spencer performs A Robeson Songbook, featuring the music associated with Paul Robeson’s concert tours across the globe. Come on out and enjoy a rich hour-long event celebrating Robeson’s love and tribute to gospel, negro spirituals and concert works.
Known regionally for his performance of Gershwin and Cole Porter, as well as Broadway and Gospel music, Spencer will highlight the career of Paul Robeson and the diversity of his music.
Spencer has pursued his love of the stage and concert performance at many professional venues ranging from Philadelphia’s Prince Theater to the Broadway tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night with Betty Buckley, Ann Crumb, and Melissa Manchester. Some of his favorite roles include Coalhouse Walker, Jr. from Ragtime and Joe (performed by Paul Robeson) from Showboat.
He has been part of Bristol Riverside Theatre’s Summer Concert Musicale Series including one-man show performances in the smash hit Nat “King” Cole tribute, For Sentimental Reasons, and the big band Cole Porter revue, Too Darn Hot! Most recently he performed in Ol’ Man River: A Tribute to the African-American Leading Men of Broadway. Ol’ Man River, of course, being the tune for which Robeson is most famous.
In addition to performing on stage, Spencer has sung back-up vocals in concert for artists such as Roberta Flack, Rosemary Clooney, and Sandi Patty.
Entrance fee: $20. TMS Members – $15