Music for deep emotions

Dolce Suono Ensemble teams up with Norman Garrett for Songs of the Spirit

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Garrett, a Black man, wears a blue denim blazer and white top with a wide-brim hat and glasses in a portrait-style photo.
Norman Garrett is a rising star and will sing baritone with Dolce Suono this weekend. (Photo by Dario Acosta.)

The guest for Dolce Suono’s in-person season opener will feature Norman Garrett, an up-and-coming young baritone whose credits include the Metropolitan Opera and most of the other stops young vocalists make in their first seasons.

Dolce Suono has been performing with Garrett as part of its partnership with the Washington National Opera. The opera's highly selective Young Artists program receives engagements with Dolce Suono, one of Philadelphia’s most successful homegrown ensembles.

In the spirit of things

Dolce Suono is calling the program Songs of the Spirit. All the pieces on the program touch on deep, intense emotions. The lineup includes Schubert’s drivingly dramatic Erlkönig; arias from a Bach cantata and Vivaldi’s Orlando Furioso; and a set of spirituals arranged by the Black American composer H.T. Burleigh. Garret will be accompanied by a Dolce Suono trio: Mimi Stillman’s flute, Charles Abramovic’s piano, and Gabriel Globus-Hoenich’s work with the dramatic possibilities inherent in percussion.

What, When, Where

Songs of the Spirit. Presented by Dolce Suono Ensemble. $25. In person on Sunday, October 3, 2021, 3pm, at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce Street, Philadelphia. Available to stream on demand online for two weeks after the performance. (267) 252-1803 or

Trinity Center requires masks for all attendants. Patrons from different households will have their seats separated by three feet. Proof of vaccination is not required.

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