The celebration of abolitionist Frederick Douglass's bicentennial continues Friday at Hochstein Performance Hall with a tribute by Rochester Oratorio Society. The choir will be joined by Ghanaian master drummer Yahaya Alhassan and two dynamic soloists — soprano Kearstin Piper Brown and baritone Jonathan Rhodes — to perform local composer Glenn McClure's "Emancipation Oratorio." This compelling work features the words of Douglass, fellow abolitionists Frances Watkins Harper and William Wilberforce, as well as abolitionist and suffragist Susan B. Anthony. Brown will also perform the late African-American composer John Carter's setting of spirituals, entitled "Cantata," and the choir will perform "Songs of the Slave" from Kirke Mechem's opera "John Brown." Additional collaborators on the concert include Frederick Douglass and Underground Railroad scholar Dr. David Anderson and the Rochester East High School Choir.
"Frederick Douglass at 200" takes place Friday, February 16, at Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Avenue. 7:30 p.m. $25 general; $10 students. 473-2234; rossings.org.