Caroline G Gibson, DMA, Soprano

Caroline G Gibson, DMA, Soprano

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"I sing because I'm happy. I sing because I'm free. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me."

Biography

CAROLINE G GIBSON, Soprano and Founder of TwinProductions (Our Music Is Our History), holds the distinction CMP Artist Endorsement from Christian Music Presenters, is a member of the Cambridge Who's Who "Honors Edition" for Professionals and Executives, is a featured musician and speaker in MinistryWomen.Net and is an active independent artist who has earned the Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) Degree from the University of Iowa School of Music in Iowa City, Iowa; the Master of Music (M.M.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degrees from the Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Washington, D.C. and the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, respectively. Additionally, the Soprano is an alumnus of AIMS (American Institute of Musical Studies) in Graz, Austria and the Senese Vocal Program in Siena, Italy.

Among her many honors and awards Ms. Gibson has received, her scholarly accomplishments include High School Class Valedictorian in Seat Pleasant, Maryland; Individual Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts; Music Scholarship from the Benjamin T. Rome Graduate School of Music, Catholic University of America; and a Doctoral Fellowship from the Graduate College at the University of Iowa. Performance highlights include debut solo recital at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater, Washington, D.C. soprano soloist in Rossini's Stabat Mater with former Metropolitan Opera Tenor George Shirley; performing artist for the Honorable Michael N. Castle, former Governor of Delaware at the Governor's Mansion in Dover, Delaware; featured soloist with the Delaware Symphony orchestra under the direction of Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser; and First Place Winner in the Naomi Music Productions and Recordings in New York. In academia, Ms. Gibson served on the faculty of Delaware State College, Dover, Delaware as the Director of Choral Activities.

The Soprano has been spotlighted twice in two hour-long concerts featured on Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) Television; WHMM Channel 32, "An Evening with Caroline Gibson" accompanied by The Chamber Orchestra; and "Caroline Gibson in Performance;" and has performed as a solo artist on Italian TV, Canale 3, Toscana, Siena, Italy. Ms. Gibson's first tour of Mexico as a solo concert artist was under the auspices of The State Government of the Yucatan, and the Center for International Research and Advancement in commemoration of the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Technological Institute with performances at the Teatro Daniel Ayala Perez and the Salon de la Historia de Palacio de Gobierno in Merida. The second concert tour of Mexico was under the auspices of the Cultural Institute of the Yucatan, Mexico for the Otono Cultural Festival and included performances at the Teatro Jose Peon Contreras. The Soprano has also been featured in recital "Spirituals in Concert" in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

To date, Ms. Gibson's most memorable performances have been in two Verdi masterpieces, Abigaille in Verdi's Nabucco with Opera Constanta in Constanta, Romania and most recently Soprano Soloist in Verdi's Requiem.

The Soprano's first CD "On Ma Journey Now" Negro Spirituals in Concert and companion DVD "The Making of On Ma Journey Now" were released May 2006, and are available for purchase on Ms. Gibson's newly formed company's website at www.TwinProductions.org. And why the name TwinProductions? Well, the Soprano and her twin sister join forces to present "Our Music is Our History." To see and hear even more of this artist, you're invited to visit http://www.CarolineGGibson.com, http://www.TwinProductions.org and http://www.SingCaroline.com.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Caroline along with twin sister, Carol, will host their own weekly internet radio show "TwinProductions, Our Music Is Our History" starting January 2007 on Gospel Cyber Flyte. Please tune in.

SOPRANO CAROLINE G GIBSON RELEASES
“ON MA JOURNEY NOW” CD AND “THE MAKING OF ‘ON MA JOURNEY NOW’” DVD

Inspiring milestone collection of beloved songs celebrates the beauty, inspiration and historical significance of the Negro Spiritual art form

CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MD, Accomplished professional soprano, educator, speaker and TwinProductions founder Caroline G Gibson, DMA, announces the release of two milestone works: “On Ma Journey Now,” a collection of 12 Negro Spirituals; and “The Making of ‘On Ma Journey Now,’” a breathtaking inside look at the recording session.

The album, recorded in February 2006 at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center in Alexandria, Virginia, features the vocals of Caroline G Gibson accompanied by pianist Francis Conlon.

Twelve classic Negro spirituals are featured on the milestone collection: “On Ma Journey;” “Give Me Jesus;” “City Called Heaven;” “His Name So Sweet;” “Steal Away;” “Honor, Honor;” “My Soul's Been Anchored in de Lord;” “Po' Mo'ner Got a Home At

Lyrics

On Ma Journey Now

Written By: (Arranged) Edward Boatner

Chorus: On Ma Journey now, Mt. Zion, ma journey now. Lord, I wouldn't take nothing, Mt. Zion, for ma journey now.

One day, one day, I was walking along, the elements opened, and the love come down, Mt. Zion.

Well, I went to the valley, and I didn't go to stay. My soul got happy, and I stayed all day, Mt. Zion.

You can talk about me, just as much as you please. I'll talk about you, when I get on my knees, Mt. Zion.

Chorus: On ma journey now...

Steal Away

Written By: (Arranged) H. T. Burleigh

Chorus: Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus. Steal away, steal away home. I ain't got long to stay here.

My Lord calls me, he calls me by the thunder. The trumpet sounds within a my soul. I ain't got long to stay here.

Green trees are bending, poor sinner stands a trembling. The trumpet sounds within a my soul. I ain't got long to stay here.

Chorus: Steal away ...

Witness

Written By: (Arranged) Hall Johnson

Oh Lord, what manner of man is dis? All nations in Him are blessed. All things are done by His will. He spoke to the sea and the sea stood still.

Now ain't that a witness for my lord. Ain't that a witness for my lord. Ain't that a witness for my lord. My soul is a witness for my lord.

Well there was a man of the Pharisees, his name was Nicodemus and he didn't believe. The same came to Christ by night, wanted to be taught out of human sight. Nicodemus was a man desired to know how a man can be born when he is old. Christ told Nicodemus as a friend. Man, you must be born again. Said marvel not man, ef you want to be wise, repent, believe and be baptized. Then you'll be a witness for my lord.

You read about Samson, from his birth, strongest man that ever lived on earth. Way back yonder in ancient times, he killed ten thousand of the Philistines. Den ole Samson went wand'ring about, Samson's strength was never found out. Until his wife sat upon his knees she said tell me where your strength lies if you please. Samson's wife, she talk so fair, Samson said cut off a my hair. Shave my head just as clean as yo' hand and my strength will come like a natchul man. Oh, Samson was a witness for my Lord.

Libera me (Excerpt from Requiem -- Caroline as Soprano Soloist)

Written By: Giuseppe Verdi

Latin:

Libera me, Domine, de morte aeterna, in die illa tremenda, quando coeli movendi sunt et terra.

(English translation):

Lord, deliver my soul from the doom of eternal death in the dread day of judgment; when the heaven and earth shall both be moved.

Addio del passato from opera "La Traviata"

Written By: Giuseppe Verdi

Italian: Addio, del passato bei sogni ridenti
le rose del volto gia sono pallenti;
l'amore d'Alfredo perfino mi manca,
conforto sostegno dell'anima stanca

Ah! della traviata sorridi al desio,
a lei, deh perdona, tu accoglila, o Dio!

Ah! tutto...or tutto fini.

English: Goodbye, beautiful, smiling dreams of the past,

the roses in my face already are pale;

I am without Alfredo's love also,
the comfort, support of my weary soul.

Ah, smile upon the wish of the lost one, to her, ah, give pardon, receive her, O God!

Ah! All... now all is finished.

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Summertime from "Porgy & Bess"

Written By: George Gershwin

Summertime, an' the livin' is easy. Fish are jumpin' and the cotton is high.

Your Daddy's rich and you ma' is good looking. So hush, little baby, don't you cry.

One of these mornin's, you gonna rise up singing. Then you'll spread yo' wings and you'll take the sky.

But till that mornin' there's a nothin' can harm you.

With daddy and mammy standin' by.

Discography

CD --- "On Ma Journey Now" Negro Spirituals in Concert (Caroline G Gibson, DMA, Soprano; Francis Colon, Pianist)

DVD --- Companion to CD "On Ma Journey Now" is DVD "The Making of On Ma Journey Now"