William Grant Still (1895-1978) is profiled at AfriClassical.com, which features a comprehensive Works List by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, http://www.CasaMusicaledeLerma.com
Quintet of the Americas
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2 PM
At Langston Hughes Library, 100-01 Northern Blvd., Corona, Queens
Carl MaultsBy's "The Journey" and "Kum-Ba-Ya, Marcus"
Valerie Coleman's "Afro-Cuban Concerto"
William Grant Still's theme song for the 1939 World's Fair
Barbara Harbach's "Maya Angelou" from Freeing the Caged Bird
and poetry by Maya Angelou and Paul Laurence Dunbar
This program will be repeated in Manhattan
May 10 at 3:30PM at St. Marks Church-in-the-Bowery, 131 E. 10th St., NY, NY
June 21 at 2:00PM at St. Philips Episcopal Church, 204 W. 134th Street, NY, NY
Admission is free
All Quintet concerts are ADA accessible
New York, NY – Quintet of the Americas will present In Pursuit of Freedom, a concert on Saturday, April 4 - 2:00 PM at Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center, 100-01 Northern Blvd. Corona, Queens, NY. The concert will feature music related to the exhibition In Pursuit of Freedom at the Brooklyn Historical Society and is part of the Library’s day-long America is a Dream – A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Quintet of the Americas, Queens’ renowned woodwind quintet, will present a concert featuring two works by Carl MaultsBy - The Journey, for woodwind quintet, African and Latin percussion, and trap drum, in three movements: Procession from the Motherland Through the Middle Passage to the Americas, Spiritual, and Shout, and Kum-Ba-Ya, Marcus, for wind quintet and narrator, which provides a glimpse of Marcus Garvey, the proponent of Pan-Africanism and Black Nationalism. The Quintet will be joined by three guest percussionists and Broadway actor Charles Wallace who will narrate and read related poetry.
The program will include a contemporary quintet, Afro-Cuban Concerto by Valerie Coleman of Imani Winds, as well as Barbara Harbach's Freeing the Caged Bird. Mr. Wallace will recite I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou and Sympathy by Paul Lawrence Dunbar. William Grant Still’s theme song for the 1939 World’s Fair will also be presented along with Goin' Home, from Dvorak's New World Symphony, which was inspired by Harry T. Burleigh, Dvorak's African-American student at the National Conservatory in NYC.
The April 4 event is free and open to the public. For more info or directions, call 718-651-1100 or visit http://www.queenslibrary.org/branch/Langston%20Hughes/?filters=ev_loc:98200000. This concert is ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.
Charles Wallace can be seen in the upcoming Broadway production of Amazing Grace. He performed the role of Headmaster Morrow in Manhattan Theatre Club’s and The Alliance Theatre’s production of Choir Boy. At the Grand Theatre at Les Nuits de Fourvière, in Lyon, France, Charles appeared as Papa/Emanueli in Robert Wilson’s chamber opera Zinnias: The Life of Clementine Hunter. His Broadway credits include Miss Saigon (John), Smokey Joe’s Café, and Jekyll & Hyde. Off-Broadway has included Dina Was (Boss/Chase) and George Wolfe’s Harlem Song (Apollo Theatre).
Founded in Bogota, Colombia in 1976, Quintet of the Americas has specialized in bringing music from the Western hemisphere to audiences in the United States since its arrival in New York in 1979. The group has enjoyed an international career that has taken them to concert halls throughout the Americas and Eastern Europe, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, and the Library of Congress. Performing on this concert are Karla Moe, flute, Matt Sullivan, oboe, Ben Baron, clarinet, Barbara Oldham, horn and Gina Cuffari, bassoon. Visit their website at http://www.quintet.org and become their friend at http://www.facebook.com/groups/325982319921/. Quintet photos are available at http://quintet.org/press.html.
This program is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding comes from The Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation, New Music USA's Cary New Music Performance Fund, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Special thanks to the Hon. Melinda Katz, Borough President of Queens, and the Queens Delegation to the New York City Council.
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