Saturday, July 12, 2014

'Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Project: Re-Ignition of a Musical Legacy' Presented by Zanaida Robles, DMA (ABD), Thur. July 24, 7:30 PM, All Saints Church, Pasadena, CA

Zanaida Robles, DMA (ABD)
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Please see announcement below from Zanaida Robles

Date: Sat. 12 Jul 2012
Subject: Please come to my concert!: The Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Project 7/24 @ 7:30pm in Pasadena

Dear friends,

In conjunction with my DMA dissertation research, I am presenting a concert featuring a selection of choral part-songs, sacred works, solos, and keyboard pieces in tribute to Samuel Coleridge Taylor. I'll be singing "Five Fairy Ballades" by Coleridge-Taylor. Plus, I'm conducting 5 pieces for choir, including 2 settings of the Nunc Dimittis, one by Coleridge-Taylor and the other by yours truly. I am so deeply grateful to David Clemensen, James Calhoun, Jennifer Lindsay, all the singers, and to James Walker and All Saints church for helping me bring this project to life. Please see below and attached for details. I do hope to see you at All Saints Church Pasadena on Thursday, July 24 at 7:30pm. The concert is free with a suggested donation of $20.

Warm regards,

African British composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor (1875-1912), was affectionately referred to in his time as the "African Mahler.” His most popular work, "Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast" for soli, chorus and orchestra, is a shining example of his command of musical form, texture, harmony, and orchestration, which resulted in overnight fame and respect among colleagues that few men of color could have hoped to enjoy in the early twentieth century. Because of his incredible success in a field dominated by white males at a time when racism in America was peaking, Coleridge Taylor’s influence on African American artists and intellectuals was powerful and far-reaching. After his "Hiawatha," Coleridge-Taylor's most well known works are his 24 Negro Melodies, his violin concerto, a host of chamber music and several art songs - his compositional output is substantial and varied. Coleridge Taylor was one of the earliest composers of African descent whose music was revered, not for any Afro-centric novelty, but for being well crafted and wholly original yet distinctly British. With research on Samuel Coleridge Taylor, the compositional voices of past and contemporary composers of African descent might also be more distinctly heard and appreciated, not just for the novel inclusion of spirituals, popular styles, and crossover components, but for their genuinely fine craftsmanship and distinctly classical character. To that end, Samuel Coleridge Taylor can still lead and inspire the American musical community, just as he did a century ago.

Zanaida Robles, DMA (ABD)
Singer | Conductor | Composer | Instructor

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