Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Nathaniel Dett Chorale: 'Indigo Christmas...Kwanzaa Litanies,' Glenn Gould Studio, Dec. 15 & 18

[R. Nathaniel Dett]

“Founder Brainerd Blyden-Taylor named the Chorale after internationally renowned African-Canadian composer R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), a talented performer who appeared onstage at prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie Hall and Boston Symphony Hall. Dett was dedicated to the cause of Black music, and won the Bowdoin and Frances Boott prizes in 1920 from Harvard University in honour of his writings and compositions. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor established the Chorale to draw attention not only to Dett’s legacy, but also to the wealth of Afrocentric choral music, and to create a professional choral group where persons of African heritage could see themselves represented in the majority.”

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Glenn Gould Studio
(416) 340-0550”
“Kwanzaa Litanies will feature A Kwanzaa Litany by Adolphus Hailstork; Margaret Bonds’ Ballad of the Brown King; and Glenn Edward Burleigh’s Nguzo Saba Suite - the title track from the Chorale’s highly anticipated new CD.” [R. Nathaniel Dett (1882-1943), Margaret A. Bonds (1913-1972) and Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) are profiled at, which features complete Works Lists for R. Nathaniel Dett and Margaret A. Bonds by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma of Lawrence University Conservatory.]

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