Sunday, February 13, 2011


February 27 at 3:00 PM
Kean Hall at  Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue in Union. For further information, visit the university website at
TICKETS: $15. Tickets for all events can be purchased by calling the Kean Stage box office at 908.737.7469 or on-line at 

The strength and hope inspired by spirituals—the music of mourning, comfort, and the celebration of the African Diaspora—is presented as a tribute to Black History Month on in the university’s intimate concert venue, Kean Hall. Spirituals features Richard Hobson (baritone), Robbin Gordon-Cartier (harp) and Allison Brewster Franzetti (piano) in a stirring and beautiful performance.

Richard Hobson is acclaimed for the strong dramatic persona he brings to his performances, appearing throughout the USA with companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, The Dallas Opera, Baltimore Opera, Mississippi Opera, Shreveport Opera, and Michigan Opera Theater. In his Italian operatic debut, he was heard as Amonasro at the Teatro Strehler (Milano, Italy) in the new Franco Zeffirelli production of Aida.

Robbin Gordon-Cartier graduated from Montclair State University magna cum laude, with her summers spent in Dublin, Ireland, studying at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She performs with the New Philharmonic Orches-tra of New Jersey, is the President of the North Jersey Chapter of the American Harp Society.

A multiple Grammy nominee, Allison Brewster Franzetti has received international acclaim from critics and audiences alike for her stunning virtuosity and musicality, both as a soloist and chamber musician.