RIVERS IN THE DESERT:  Having enjoyed considerable success for his most recent works, including “The Poet” and “Lyrics of Sunshine and Shadows” the PBS featured composer Steven M. Allen will present an evening of his compositions at Washington’s Shiloh Baptist Church.


by Patrick D. McCoy


“Rivers in the Desert” is a concert of solo and chamber works by composer Steven M. Allen that will be presented at Shiloh Baptist Church.  The evening of original works features also the collaboration of Allen with renowned music scholar, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell.  Together, they will marry the ideas of performance practice for music of the African Diaspora with the freshness of a new voice in musical composition that is sure to create an exciting musical evening.


Steven M. Allen began his undergraduate studies in voice and piano performance at Mary Holmes College, West Point, MS. He then enrolled at Jackson State University, where he developed an intrinsic zeal for conducting and composition under the tutelage of Robert L. Morris.  Upon relocating to Washington, DC, he studied composition and conducting at Howard University while serving as the assistant choral director. His graduate studies include: composition with Andrew Simpson and Steven Strunk, at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, The Catholic University of America, ethnomusicology with Kip Lornell, George Washington University, choral conducting and pedagogy with James Jordan, Westminster Choir College and William Weinert, Eastman School of Music.

For this concert of original compositions, the composer has assembled a stellar cast of performers, including sopranos Brandie SuttonLisa Edwards-Burrs, mezzo-soprano Kehembe V. Eicheberger, tenors Richard Odom and Clifton Ross, III, baritone Gregory Watkins and bass Alvy Powell.


WHAT:  “Rivers in the Desert”  an evening of solo and chamber works by composer Steven M. Allen

WHEN:  Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  Shiloh Baptish Church, 1500 Ninth Street, NW, 20001