Monday, March 8, 2010

Richmond Choral Society: Songs of Undine Smith Moore on March 21

[Undine Smith Moore]
Women of Note
“The Chorus That Gives Back to the Community”
Featuring Choral Music & Art Songs by Alice Parker, Emma Lou Diemer, Gwyneth Walker and African-American Composer Undine Smith Moore
Markus Compton, conductor
Lisa Edwards-Burrs, soprano
Keith Tan, piano
Sunday, March 21 at 4 P.M.
St. Mark’s Episcopal Church
520 North Boulevard
The concert will be preceded by a talk with soprano Lisa Edwards-Burrs at 3:30. This concert is presented as part of the statewide initiative, Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Women in the Arts"
Undine Smith Moore: "Oh, that Bleeding Lamb", "I Believe This is Jesus"

Undine Smith Moore
“Often referred to as the 'Dean of Black Women Composers,' Moore began composing while at Fisk University. Although she composed works for piano and for other instrumental groups, Moore is best known for her choral works, including Scenes from the Life of a Martyr, based on the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.” Author Helen Walker-Hill devotes a scholarly 40-page chapter to Undine Smith Moore in her book From Spirituals to Symphonies: African-American Women Composers and Their Music, University of Illinois Press (2007).

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