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The score for Roy Harris Bicentennial Symphony includes orchestra, chorus, solo male and solo female narrator parts. The Los Angeles premiere is scheduled January 17, 2015 as centerpiece of the concert to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution Ending Slavery at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. The composition is chorus driven with text from the Preamble to the Constitution, the Gettysburg Address, the Emancipation Proclamation and original text. Maestro Renee’ Baker will conductor the Los Angeles premiere performance; Bass-Baritone Donnie Ray Albert is the solo male narrator and Soprano Renee’ Baker is the female narrator. Maestro Baker prior credits include composer, painter, poet, and violinist/violist. The roles of conductor and female narrator by Maestro Baker for the Los Angeles premiere of the Bicentennial Symphony may not have a precedence in music annals. Maestro Baker will receive the inaugural Henry Lewis Conducting Award during a special dinner honoring composer Roy Harris on a date to be announced before the premiere.
The Concert is a co-production of CSULA Department of Music, Theater, Dance and MusicUNTOLD with support from Employee Community Fund of the Boeing Company and Colburn Foundation.