Saturday, March 15, 2008

Amadi Hummings Leads Harlem Symphony Orchestra at Apollo Theater March 30

[Melanie Nicholls-King, Concert Host]

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“The Apollo Family Series will kick off its Spring 2008 season on a high note with a very classic-“cal” afternoon of music with the Harlem Symphony Orchestra (HSO) on Sunday, March 30 at 4:00pm. Led by renowned conductor Amadi Hummings and featuring a collective of established musicians, the program, which will include a featured performance of Bruce Adolphe’s
The Purple Palace as well as other popular classical music works, is the perfect introduction for young people into the world of orchestral music. Hosted by actress Melanie Nicholls-King (The Wire, How She Move).”

The afternoon’s program will include:
The Purple Palace by Bruce Adolphe
The Purple Palace is a musical composition created by Mr. Adolphe with the libretto by Louise Gikow. The Purple Palace tells the story of the land of Chromatica, where everything is light and color. Queen Red and King Blue have a child, Princess Purple. When she becomes Queen of Chromatica, she banishes all colors but purple. This leads to nothing but trouble for her, and, after a series of calamities, she comes to understand her mistake.”

The Strenuous Life; The Entertainer by Scott Joplin (1867-1917)
Scott Joplin combined the traditions of Afro-American folk music with nineteenth-century European romanticism and collected the black Midwestern Folk rag ideas as raw material for the creation of original strains.

Othello Suite op. 79 by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)
An English composer of African descent, Coleridge-Taylor wrote this suite for a 1909 production of Othello in London. Consisting of five movements, the suite opens with a sprightly dance, followed by a very lush Intermezzo. Then come Funeral March, The Willow Song, and Military March. Of note is the trumpet solo that opens The Willow Song.

Variations on a Rococo Theme by Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
The piece is scored for a reduced orchestra consisting of pairs of basic woodwind instruments, two horns, and strings. This reduction of forces is a deliberate reflection of an 18th-century orchestra.”
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