Saturday, June 19, 2010

Janise White's Rendition of 'The Glory Hallelujah Piano Concerto' of Howlett Smith is Well Received

[Howlett Smith, composer]

On June 10, 2010 AfriClassical posted: “Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra in 'The Glory Hallelujah Piano Concerto' of Howlett Smith, 2 PM June 11.” The post quoted Janise White's description of the work:

“On Friday, June 11, 2010 at 2 pm the Afro-American Chamber Music Society Orchestra will premiere 'The Glory Hallelujah Piano Concerto' containing 16 variations in every musical genre from classical to avant garde jazz, including a Gospel section. The thirty-two minute work is based on the popular Civil War hymn 'Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory of the Coming of the Lord,' however it is named for its 'Glory Hallelujah Chorus' which was sung in both Confederate and Union Armies to lift their spirits. This is a wonderful work exhibiting influences of Gershwin, Beethoven, Chopin, McCoy Tyner and Grieg. I am honored to premiere this work for Smitty. This will be a WORLD PREMIERE and probably Smitty's first piano concerto and the first piano concerto of this magnitude.”

AfriClassical has received this critique of the concert from Sam Dress of Friday Entertainment:
“Glory Halleluia Variations, performed by pianist Janise White and conducted by Brian Onderdonk was very warmly received when played at the United Methodist Church on Wilshire Blvd. The large audience gave great approval and support to Howlett Smith who, for years, has been known as a jazz pianist, lyricist, composer of pop tunes, vocal coach and arranger.”

No comments: