Thursday, November 17, 2011

'Composers Datebook' On Nov. 16, 1904, Date of First Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Concert in U.S.

[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor at age 23]

The conductor and multi-instrumentalist John McLaughlin Williams tells AfriClassical of a brief daily radio feature from American Public Media which focused on the composer and conductor Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) yesterday, and which can still be heard online by clicking on the link for Wednesday, November 16:

“Coleridge-Taylor was featured on American Public Media's Composer's Datebook yesterday. The date marks an important performance by the Coleridge-Taylor Chorus in Washington D.C. The link allows you to hear the short program.”

“Composers Datebook
Wednesday, November 16
British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Coleridge-Taylor in Washington ...

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 – 1912):
Hiawatha's Departure
Welsh National Opera Chorus and Orchestra;
Kenneth Alwyn, cond.
Argo 430 956”

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor is featured at, which is one of two website biographies to which the radio feature links. Here is the relevant paragraph of the Coleridge-Taylor page at

“13 1904 Tour
The first concert of the 1904 tour was in Washington, D.C. The Coleridge-Taylor Society, an African American choir, appeared with the United States Marine Band, with the composer at the podium. During his stay in the capital Coleridge-Taylor visited President Theodore Roosevelt at the White House.”

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