Darnell Ishmel, baritone Darnell Ishmel, baritone





Darnell Ishmel, baritone

  • $20 Assigned Rows 1-2
  • $15 Assigned Rows 3-5
  • $10 General Admission
  • Darnell Ishmel, baritone
  • Byron Sean, piano

Event Details

In celebration of Black History Month, this joint concert and group art show opening will showcase several visual and performing artists in the region. The members of the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity will pay special tribute to the life of Brother Pascal John Hall at a benefit art exhibit opening and recital featuring operatic baritone Darnell Ishmel in collaboration with pianist Byron Sean, who are both University of Michigan graduates. This mixed-media tribute recital will offer a unique examination of the history of the “Black Baritone” as evidenced by the lives and historical contributions of three of America’s all-time greatest baritone voices – Todd Duncan, Robert McFerrin and William Warfield. The presentation will include a digital montage designed to showcase outstanding African American baritones and bass baritones of yesteryear and today.  The evening will also be punctuated with a step performance by brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 

Audience members will have an opportunity to view the artwork beginning at 7:30 pm and following the performance, which begins at 8 pm. The exhibit will run through the month of February. Artists featured include: Alonzo Edwards, Christopher Batten, Malcolm Rowry, Marcus Wilson, Mario Moore and Rod Gailes.

Proceeds from this event will be used to establish the Pascal J. Hall Memorial Scholarship Fund. Awards from the fund will be used to support the recruitment, retention, and matriculation of future Alpha Phi Alpha men, underrepresented university underclassmen, and eligible high school seniors. The fund is organized through the University of Michigan Alumni Association, a 501(c3) organization, and all gifts to the fund are tax-deductible to the fullest extent under the law.


Georges Bizet: Votre toast, je peux vous le render from Carmen
Kurt Weill: Lost in the Stars from Lost in the Stars
Sidney Brown: House of Alpha
Richard Strauss: Winternacht, Op. 15 No. 2
Giuseppe Verdi: Cortigiani, vil razza dannata from Rigoletto
Johannes Brahms: O Tod
James Weldon Johnson: Go Down, Death (A Funeral Sermon) from God’s Trombones
G. F. Handel: The Trumpet Shall Sound from The Messiah
Charles Gounod: O Divine Redeemer
Thomas Kerr, Jr.: Great Day
Bruno Huhn: Invictus
Hall Johnson: I Got To Lie Down

Darnell Ishmel

Hailed by the New York Times for his, "show-stealing"  stage presence, "rich baritone, precise diction and superb comic timing," Mr. Ishmel has performed nearly two dozen roles and has been a guest artist with numerous opera companies including Michigan Opera Theater and Cincinnati Opera.  He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Byron Sean

A Magna Cum Laude from the University of Michigan with additional degrees and diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music (London), and the Mannes College of Music in New York City, Mr. Sean has performed extensively across North America and Europe and is a much sought after concert artist.

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