Love and Laughter: An Evening of Song

with Kenneth Overton and Casey Robard

Join us for an unforgettable evening of music and laughter at the University Church in Chicago! This concert featuring acclaimed baritone Kenneth Overton and internationally recognized pianist Casey Robards will be a celebration of the rich artistic contributions of Black American composers and poets. This concert takes place on March 27th at University Church, 5655 S University Ave, Chicago, IL on the University of Chicago campus. Please mark your calendars and get ready to be serenaded by these mesmerizing songs and heartfelt performances of these incredible artists. Don't miss out this unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the magic of music, love and laughter!

Location: University Church, South University Avenue, Chicago, IL, USA


Renowned for his powerful and emotive performances, Kenneth Overton, hailed as a leading interpreter in all vocal repertoire, but especially African-American song traditions, brings his powerful and emotive voice to the works of composers such as Adolphus Hailstork, Florence Price, and H. Leslie Adams. His diverse repertoire includes leading opera roles, solo work with orchestra and music for chamber recital performance. Overton's masterful interpretations and deep emotional connection to the music create a multi-layered experience that leaves a lasting impact on listeners.

Accompanied by the dynamic and sensitive playing of pianist Casey Robards, the pair's collaboration in these works will be a captivating and moving experience for audiences of all backgrounds. Additionally, the program will include a special performance of a song cycle composed by Anthony Patterson, Robards’ husband, set to the poignant and evocative texts of renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Patterson has been creating a buzz in the music industry with his unique blend of classical and contemporary/popular styles. With a reputation for innovation and creativity, Patterson's compositions have garnered critical acclaim and a growing fan base.

Don't miss this unique opportunity to experience the beauty and power of classical music through the lens of Black American composers and poets. Tickets for the recital are available at and we encourage all music lovers to join us as we celebrate artistic excellence and cultural diversity in the world of classical music.