For centuries Handel’s Messiah has inspired people the world over. Even today, audiences jump to their feet – called to exaltation – by the opening chords of The Hallelujah Chorus. Then, in 1992, in a stunning re-imagining, an all-star chorus the likes of which was never assembled before or since, recorded A Soulful Celebration. Bringing hundreds of years of Black music history to bear on Handel’s masterpiece, The Messiah was reborn; sweeping that year’s Grammy nominations and awards. Arranged by Mervyn Warren, the Hallelujah was conducted by none other than modern maestro-impresario Quincy Jones.
Among the performers that day was singer-pianist-composer DARRYL TOOKES, our guest on this week’s show.
Tags: Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Patti Austin, Boys Choir of Harlem, Daryl Coley, Commissioned, Andrae Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Clifton Davis, Charles S. Dutton, Edwin Hawkins, Tramaine Hawkins, Hallelujah Chorus, Handel's Messiah, Michael O. Jackson, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan, Mark Kibble, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Soulful Celebration, Stephanie Mills, Jeffrey Osborne, Phylicia Rashad, Dianne Reeves, Richard Smallwood Singers, Take 6, Darryl Tookes, Mervyn Warren, Vanessa Williams, Stevie Wonder, WJFF