Date: 7:30pm EST February 8

Thomas Beard - The Evolution of Negro Spirituals

As part of its 2017-2018 Premier Artists lineup The Concert Series presents a performance by lyric-dramatic baritone, Thomas Beard, accompanied by Julia Morris-Myers and dancer Leandria Gilliam. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.

Individual tickets are $20 (adults) and $15 (non-WC College Students / Seniors over age 65 / WC faculty & staff). WC students and youth 18 and under are free. Individual tickets can be purchased online with a credit card via EventBrite, or with cash or check at the door. Season tickets can be purchased on the Concert Series website. Inquires and ticket holds can be sent to or 410-778-7839 (Debbie Reed). 

Lyric-Dramatic Baritone Thomas Beard is originally from Fayetteville, North Carolina. In 2003 Thomas became the first  African-American male singer to be personally chosen by Maestro & Famous Tenor Placido Domingo  to be a part of Washington National Opera’s Placido Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. working directly under the Maestro’s tutelage.

Mr. Beard has performed for numerous dignitaries, including U.S. Senators, Governors and Ambassadors in many concerts at Embassies and concert halls across the country. He was also invited to perform as special guest soloist by former First Lady Laura Bush at an invitation only event at the White House. For more information, go to his website

The Evolution of Negro Spirituals

Songs of Slavery

1. Lord How Come me Here, Motherless Child - arr. Thomas Beard

2. Watch a pray arr. Undine Smith Moore

Songs of Hope

3. Deep River arr. Moses Hogan

4. I Know the lords laid his hands on me arr. H.T. Burleigh

5. He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands arr. Jacqueline B. Hairston

Signal Songs/Songs of Journey

6. Follow the Drinking Gourd arr. Thomas Beard

7. Guide My Feet arr. Jacqueline B. Hairston

8. Hush somebody’s Callin’ My name arr.  Charles Lloyd, Jr

Songs of Freedom

9. Go Down Moses arr.  H.T. Burleigh

10.Lord I have Seen Thy Salvation arr. John D. Cooper

The “Spiritual” realized (African-American Gospel)

11.  I don’t feel no ways tired arr. Jacqueline B. Hairston