N'Kenge to Perform at Feinstein's/54 Below, 4/30
On Saturday, April 30, 2016, N'Kenge, vocal siren and Broadway Diva, is one of the premiere vocalists interpreting lyrics by Josh Kight, an emerging musical theatre composer, at the famous Feinstein's 54 Below (254 W. 54th Street (cellar); 11:30pm (doors @ 11:00pm)) in New York City.
N'Kenge is the go-to voice for the industry's emerging musical theatre composers, as she was a part of the 2014 VOX POP; Songs of David Davila show at 54 Below. In addition, N'Kenge worked with many original works during her graduate studies at the Juilliard School through Joel Sach's New Juilliard Ensemble featuring International classical composers such as Alessandro Rossi and others. As a working performing artist; N'Kenge also makes time to hone the talent of young students with an interest in classical music by utilizing her expertise in this field. She is a board member of The Coalition of African Americans in Performing Arts (CAAPA) and earlier this month, conducted a successful vocal master class at Morgan State University. It is this effortless dedication and love for preserving classical arts that she continues to share with eager bodies, and has given over 200 solo recitals and masterclasses under the auspices of Columbia Artists Community concert series throughout the country showcasing the work of new composers.
2016 is another great year for the Songstress; she continues to perform with various Symphony Orchestra's throughout the country for their Pops programs; and is a co-producer, along with starring as Queen Ti, in the Broadway bound production Akhenaten: The Musical; produced by Hisham Abdel Khalek with a book by Hisham Abdel Khalek and Mohamed Metwally (Lyrics) and music by Hesham Nazih. Check out the music video of her performance of Queen Ti's song "O My Son" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdXzqXT5uZ0.
N'Kenge will be joined onstage by Marissa McGowan; Elias Wygodny; and Katherine Allison for a night of great song, where Josh Kight will bring contemporary musical theatre, with a touch of timeless classics to his new book of songs.
Hailed by the New York Times as "a classically trained diva that can stretch from Broadway, Pop, Soul to Opera. N'Kenge made her Broadway debut in Sondheim on Sondheim alongside Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Norm Lewis and Tom Wopat which was directed by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine. In London, N'Kenge made her West End debut starring in The Genius of Ray Charles. N'Kenge starred in the Michael Jackson Tribute Show World Tour and has also been seen as a soloist with Meastro Steve Reineke at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops Orchestra as well as working with Conductor Jack Everly at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra; Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, and Sarasota Symphony to name a few.