Thursday, May 17, 2012

Publick Musick: Reginald L. Mobley Sings 200 Years of Music by Black Composers May 18 (Rochester), 19 (Dansville) & 20 (Pittsford), New York

Over two centuries of music by Black composers from England, Brazil, France, and the United States will fill the air as countertenor Reginald Mobley and pianist/harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky present Every Time I Feel the Spirit.

A native of Florida, Reginald Mobley has been heard across the country as a soloist with Miami’s Grammy® award-nominated Seraphic Fire, The Oregon Bach Festival, The San Antonio Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire.

The program features music by African Americans Florence Price and Harry T. Burleigh as well as William Grant Still’s breathtaking Songs of Separation. Mobley will also perform songs by Ignatius Sancho (born on a slave ship in 1729), who became a successful businessman, man of letters, and the first African to vote in a British parliamentary election; and a motet and Portuguese modiñhas by early 19th-century Brazilian composer Fr. José Mauricio Nuñes Garcia. The concert will end with a set of rousing spirituals. 

[Harry T. Burleigh, Florence B. Price, William Grant Still, Ignatius Sancho and Fr. José Mauricio Nunes Garcia are profiled at, which features complete works lists for Harry T. Burleigh, Florence B. Price and William Grant Still by Dominique-René de Lerma]

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