Damien Sneed
Joy to the World:
A Christmas Musical Journey

In wide-ranging and revelatory projects that explore Black American music from a diversity of perspectives, Damien Sneed’s special talent lies in his ability to synthesize many stylistic influences into a compelling and deeply satisfying whole.

A recipient of the prestigious Sphinx Medal of Excellence, Sneed has recently created a concert to celebrate the artistry of Aretha Franklin; penned a musical about Nat King Cole; and composed a chamber opera about the life of Marian Anderson. Cal Performances audiences were first introduced to Sneed’s unique artistry in the 2019–20 season, when he presented the stirring tribute We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Now, the musician, conductor, arranger, and producer visits with Joy to the World, a Christmas concert that takes the listener through Sneed’s original arrangements of beloved gospel, jazz, and classical repertoire. Sneed is joined by a stellar cast of 10 singers and musicians performing holiday classics such as “Silent Night,” “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Joy to the World,” excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, and more.

“Sneed has given himself few musical barriers during a career of deep-dive musical exploration” (The Calgary Herald).

Dec 3, 2021, 8pm
Dec 3, 2021, 8pm

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