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With 2nd Grammy in hand, WAHS grad to speak

Dashon Burton, a Williamsport Area High School alumnus fresh off his second Grammy win, will join Michael Mwenso in the next “Meeting the Moment” live webisode.

Mwenso will host the bass-baritone in a free online discussion starting at 7:30 p.m., March 24, according to a news release.

It will be broadcast via the Zoom conference app, and questions will be taken in real time from audience members via the chat function.

Visit “Meeting the Moment” at cpa.psu.edu/events/meetingthemoment6 for more information.

Burton, a Bronx, New York, native, moved to Williamsport at the age of 13. He won a 2020 Grammy Award for best classical solo vocal album for “Smyth: The Prison

He is a former member of vocal ensemble Cantus and is a founding member of Roomful of Teeth, with whom he earned a 2013 Grammy Award for the group’s recording of Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Partita for 8 Voices.” In 2019, Shaw composed “The Listeners” for his baritone.

Burton portrays mid-20th century urban developer Robert Moses in the multimedia opera “A Marvelous Order,” tentatively scheduled for a November world premiere at Eisenhower Auditorium.

Contributions from the members of the Center for the Performing Arts and a grant from the University Park Student Fee Board help make the program free of charge. Meghan R. Mason Program Endowment and Richard Robert Brown Program Endowment provide support.

The program is part of the center’s “Up Close and Virtual” 2020-21season. “Meeting the Moment” also is the keystone event of the Fierce Urgency Festival, the center’s commitment to celebrating Black artists and sharing their stories. Learn more about the festival at https://cpa.psu.edu//fierceurgency.

For more information about forthcoming “Up Close and Virtual” season events visit www.cpa.psu.edu/events.

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