Music by American composers and inspired by visits to the United States is featured during the Santa Fe Symphony’s “In Honor of Lincoln” program at the Lensic Performing Arts Center next Sunday.
Trevino also wanted to include George Walker’s piece “Pageant and Proclamation.” Ninety-one-year-old Walker, who was the first African American composer to win the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1996, studied at Oberlin Conservatory, Curtis Institute of Music and Eastman School of Music. During his long career, he taught at a number of colleges and universities around the country. He is traveling to Santa Fe to attend the performance.
“I had collaborated with George Walker in Cincinnati and found him to be a passionate and brilliant human being,” said Trevino. “His work ‘Pageant and Proclamation’ includes a hymn from the Civil Rights Movement. George has quite a varied style. He is an incredibly independent spirit.”