Monday, March 28, 2011

Adolphus Hailstork: “'Triumph in my Song' - based on...Phyllis Wheatley poem - written for William and Mary Choir in 2001”

[Adolphus Hailstork]

The African American composer Adolphus C. Hailstork (b. 1941) is an Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University and is profiled at The College of William and Mary Choir recently made a 4-state Choir Spring Tour March 18-23, 2011 on which they sang a work composed for them by Adolphus Hailstork. The work's title was not mentioned in the Dover Post article on the tour. AfriClassical asked the composer which composition was being performed. Prof. Hailstork graciously replied:

Triumph in my Song - based on some (name escapes me) Phyllis Wheatley poem - written for William and Mary Choir in 2001.”
March 16, 2011
By Jennifer Dailey, Associate Editor
Dover Post
Dover, Del. —
“It was during his time in college when James Armstrong realized his love of music. When it became clear to him that music was something he could not live without, he decided to pursue a career in choral music. Now, Armstrong is the director of choirs and an associate professor of music at the College of William & Mary.

“The choir will be stopping in Dover on Friday, March 18, for the first stop of the Choir Spring Tour. The tour also features stops in Pennsylvania, North Carolina and in the choir’s home state of Virginia.” “We’ll also sing a song specifically written for the choir by Adolphus Hailstork. The song is based on a poem by Phyllis Wheatley. It was written in 2001 and we haven’t done it in almost 10 years. I don’t know how widely it’s been used, but it’s not something well known.

No comments: