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Celebrating Langston Hughes

May 22 of this year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Langston Hughes. Charles is involved in a number of events honoring this great African-American poet, playwright and social activist.

Wednesday, February 1: Charles will team up with Antioch College Professor, Dr. Kevin McGruder, to present a lecture/concert in honor of Langston Hughes’ Birthday. The event, which will include singing and the recitation of Hughes’ poetry, will be held in the Foundry Theater at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH.
Foundry Theater
920 Corry St.
Yellow Springs, OH 45387
Phone: 937-319-0200

Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m., Charles will appear with guitarist Gary Prince at Washington D.C. Corner Store Arts in a commemoration of Hughes that combines song, poetry and story. Corner Store Arts is located in Capitol Hill, at 900 South Carolina Avenue, SE. The closest Metro is Eastern Market. To reserve your ticket or for further information, call Corner Store Arts at (202) 255-2180 or visit the website at

On Sunday, April 2 and Monday, April 3, Charles will return to Ohio to do two performances as a vocal and spoken word artist with the World House Choir and the Central State University Chorus in a tribute to Langston Hughes.

Stay tuned for A Concert of Poetry, Song and Dance with the Lula Elzy New Orleans Dance Theatre in New Orleans in the Spring 2017.

[Langston Hughes photograph by Carl Van Vechten, 1936. From the collection of the Library of Congress and in the public domain:]

Sunday, October 30, 7:00 pm
Strange Fruit: Music From -- And Inspired by --
The American Civil Rights Movement

Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th Street NW
Washington, DC
Doors Open 6:30 pm
All Ages

Charles will be performing freedom songs with his fellow Levine School faculty members that range from traditional spirituals to Jazz and R&B.
This program is part of the Washington Jewish Music Festival. Purchase tickets here.

Einstein in Gwangju!

It's history in more ways than one! Read about Charles' multi-year tour with the groundbreaking opera, Einstein on the Beach,

Einstein on the Beach is written by Philip Glass and directed by Robert Wilson.

Einstein in 2015

Charles heads for South Korea!

OCTOBER 14 -26, 2015 (Performances Oct 23-25)

Einstein on the Beach, Gwangju, S. Korea

Performances 2013-2014:

MARCH 3, 5 & 7, 2014
Presented by: Berliner Festpiele
Venue: Haus der Berliner Festpiele, Grosse Buhne, BERLIN, GERMANY

JANUARY 8-12, 2014
Presented by: Theatre Du Chatelet
Venue: Theatre Du Chatelet, PARIS, FRANCE

MARCH 3-7, 2014

MAY 28-31, 2014

MAY 4-6, 9-13, 2012
Presented by: The Barbican

Venue: The Barbican Theatre, LONDON, ENGLAND

JUNE 8-10, 2012
Presented by: Luminato, Toronto Festival of Arts and Creativity
Venue: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, TORONTO, CANADA

SEPTEMBER 14-16, 19-23, 2012
Presented by: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Venue: Opera House, BROOKLYN, NY

OCTOBER 26-28, 2012
Presented by: Cal Performances University of California
Venue: Zellerbach Hall, BERKELEY, CA

JANUARY 5-7, 10-12, 2013
Presented by: De Nederlandse Opera/The Amsterdam Music Theatre
Venue: Het Muziektheater, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

MARCH 8-10, 2013
Presented by: Hong Kong Arts Festival
Venue : Hong Kong Cultural Centre Grand Theatre, HONG KONG, CHINA

JULY 31-AUGUST 4, 2013
Presented by: Arts Centre Melbourne
Venue: State Theatre, MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

OCTOBER 11-13, 2013
Presented by: LA Opera
Venue: Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, LOS ANGELES, CA

To learn more, visit the Pomegranate Arts web site

charles profileCharles performs regularly in the Washington DC area. Recent performances include:

Our Berlin Years, Levine School, Washington, DC
A musical-literary evening of songs and stories portraying the adventures of Charles and his wife Ruth as the African American and Filipina learn their way around Berlin. The program, with piano accompaniment by Betty Bullock, includes German songs, music theater standards, opera arias and traditional spirituals.

Cabaret Night, Levine School, Washington, DC
Charles does a variety program featuring favorite songs from his wide-ranging repertoire.

Evergreens, Levine School, Washington, DC
A cabert performance featuring Charles and Guitarist Eric Ulreich presenting musical treasures from the Great American Songbook.

Other notable performances include:

Middle East Tour with Word-Beat. Charles and Tom Teasley took part in a State Department-sponsored tour of Jerusalem and the West Bank (2009)

US State Department Tour of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia: Performances and master classes by Word-Beat. October 18-30, 2008

The Temptation of St. Anthony, cast member and vocal coach. The production, which was directed by Robert Wilson with music and book by Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon, toured Europe in 2003 and did encore performances in Paris, France, Warsaw, Poland, Melbourne, Australia and New York, NY in 2005.

Charles is available for voice-over narration. Hear an exerpt of Charles reading James Weldon Johnson's The Creation (sound effects by Tom Teasley). Past voice-over performances include Aaron Copeland's Lincoln Portrait, Loudoun Symphony, Loudoun, VA, and Camille Saint-Saëns/Ogden Nash's Carnival of the Animals. Piano Duo, Falls Church, VA.

Charles Williams is available for concerts, workshops and master classes in vocal technique. For further information, contact Charles Williams.