Ask Your Mama!, with Norman, Aziza and Freelon, to Play Hollywood Bowl

News   Ask Your Mama!, with Norman, Aziza and Freelon, to Play Hollywood Bowl
Ask Your Mama!, Laura Karpman's multimedia concert production based on Langston Hughes' 1961 poem cycle about African-American life, music and culture, will be presented Aug. 30 at the Hollywood Bowl.
de'Adre Aziza in Passing Strange.
de'Adre Aziza in Passing Strange. Photo by Carol Rosegg

The evening will boast the talents of famed soprano Jessye Norman, the hip-hop group The Roots, jazz great Nnenna Freelon and singer-actress de'Adre Aziza (Passing Strange). George Manahan will conduct the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Show time is 7:30 PM.

Karpman's Ask Your Mama!, according to press notes, is a "90-minute tapestry of music, film, and spoken word that bursts the boundaries of time, place, and verbal expression to trace the currents and tributaries of cultural diasporas. The Hughes/Karpman work travels from Africa to the Americas, from the South to the North, from cities to suburbs, from opera to jazz, from gospel to be-bop — and in Hughes's own words, 'from shadows to fire.'"

The Hollywood Bowl is located at 2301 N. Highland Ave. in Hollywood, CA. Tickets, priced $28-$116, are now on sale by visiting or by calling (800) 745-3000.

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