From The Summer King, an opera on the life of Josh Gibson.
Music by Daniel Sonenberg
Libretto by Daniel Nester and Daniel Sonenberg
Helen: Luette Saul
Josh: Ron Williams
Piano: Bridget Convey
Josh and Helen’s duet (“Beautiful Afternoon”) 1931 – from Act I Scene 3
A young Josh Gibson (18 years old) sits for a picnic with his equally young new bride. They imagine the bright future his prodigious talents will win for them, and then she interrupts the reverie to tell him exciting news.
A Portland Ovations’ commission and world premiere, The Summer King is a new American opera by Maine –based composer Daniel Sonenberg, who co-wrote the libretto with poet Daniel Nester. Presented in concert form, The Summer King considers the legacy of Negro League baseball player Josh Gibson.
Read the rest and hear two more songs from The Summer King: Portland Ovationsh/t S. Hirshon/WMPG
Under blue sky in Glendale, Arizona the Chicago White Sox ease into a day of spring training.
Video by Chris Walker
Produced by Mark Hume
Johnny Cash at Shea Stadium, 1967
Top: Tommy Davis, Bud Harrelson, and Johnny Cash
Second: June Carter and Johnny Cash
Third: Cash with Marshall Grant and Luther Perkins
Bottom: Johnny Cash and an unidentified Mets fan
Top photo: Sony Music library via Legacy Recordings/fb, h/t Baseball Reliquary
Other photos by Bill Levy via Johnny Cash Info Center