Sunday, May 13, 2012 'June 2, 2012: Maud Powell & Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Centennial Violin Concert Preview'

Maud Powell (1867-1920)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

    "American virtuosa violinist Maud Powell (1867-1920) played the premiere of African-English composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Violin Concerto in G Major on June 4, 1912, at what is today the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. At the concert, Powell also premiered a short Coleridge-Taylor work for violin and orchestra based on the African-American spiritual Keep me from sinking down. Longfellow Chorus artistic director Charles Kaufmann has reconstructed the work from manuscript orchestra parts at Yale University's Irving S. Gilmore Music Library. As part of The Longfellow Chorus Coleridge-Taylor Documentary Project, Maine violinist Lydia Forbes and The Longfellow Chorus Orchestra will recreate the June 4, 1904 premiere on June 4, 2012 in a non-public filmed performance in the Music Shed at Norfolk, CT -- the very stage where the first performance of Keep me from sinking down took place. Forbes and The Longfellow Chorus Orchestra will offer a public preview of the Norfolk filming as an open filmed rehearsal on Saturday, June 2, 2012 at UNE's Ludcke Auditorium, 719 Stevens Avenue, Portland."
[Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) is profiled at, which features a comprehensive Works List and a Bibliography by Prof. Dominique-René de Lerma, Major observances of the Centennial of Coleridge-Taylor's death on Sept. 1, 1912 are underway and are the work of organizations including the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation,]

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