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Renée Fleming Voices 2017-18 Season: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom, Jr., Angélique Kidjo, Isabel Leonard, Gregory Porter & More by Lisa Pacino

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Artistic Advisor-at-Large Renée Fleming have announced the artists who will be part of the 2017-18 season of the Renée Fleming Voices concert series, which heralds the power of the voice across a wide range of genres.

Renée Fleming, Broadway’s Living On Love, Opening Night, Sardi’s, New York, April 20, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

The second season of Renée Fleming Voices series includes Grammy Award winner Renée Fleming performing alongside acclaimed jazz bassist Christian McBride on October 13, 2017, at 7 PM and 9 PM in the Terrace Theater; Hamilton Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. on October 14, 2017 at 8 PM in the Eisenhower Theater; Tony winner for The Color Purple Cynthia Erivo November 3rd and 4th, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Terrace Theater; Barbara Hannigan, a Canadian soprano and conductor who has become one of the world’s leading performers of contemporary opera— performing with pianist Reinbert de Leeuw on November 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM in the Terrace Theate; Beninese Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter, activist, and world music legend Angélique Kidjo on November 30, 2017 at 8 PM in the Eisenhower Theater; stage and cabaret star Ute Lemper and the Vogler Quartet in Paris Days, Berlin Nights—a journey through the European songbook of the Weimar years on March 16, 2018, at 8 PM in the Eisenhower Theater; mezzo-soprano operatic star Isabel Leonard, who performs a recital co-presented with Fortas Chamber Music Concerts on April 15, 2018, at 2 PM in the Terrace Theater; and A Night of Jazz with Gregory Porter and the NSO Pops on June 27, 2018, at 8 PM in the Concert Hall.

Renée Fleming, Broadway’s Living On Love, Opening Night, Sardi’s, New York, April 20, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

“I have been so gratified by the audience response to the first season of the Voices series, and I am thrilled that our second season expands to include an even greater diversity of vocal talents from all over the world,” said Fleming in a statement. “These are some of the most exciting singers I know, and I can’t wait for Kennedy Center audiences to experience their incredible talents.”
Fleming had this to say about Tony winners Erivo and Odom, Jr.: “I was so fortunate to see Cynthia Erivo’s blazing, Tony Award–winning performance in The Color Purple on Broadway. My family and I were on our feet shouting when she blew out the sound system in the penultimate anthem! …Her gift for unsparing, emotional honesty paired with vocal fireworks makes her performances simply unforgettable.
“Imagine a performer who could edge out Lin-Manuel Miranda for a prize, any prize. Last year, Leslie Odom Jr. won the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in Hamilton, which I was fortunate to see. I also heard him at the 2016 Kennedy Center Spring Gala. He is a consummate, elegant artist, and this is a performance not to miss.”

Renée Fleming, Broadway’s Living On Love, Opening Night, Sardi’s, New York, April 20, 2015. Photography by Lisa Pacino.

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