Thursday, May 22, 2014

Anthony R. Green & 'Castle of our Skins': Works of Burleigh, Hailstork & Perkinson 8 PM Fri. May 23, Roxbury (MA) Community College

Anthony R. Green

Conducting the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble

(Photo courtesy of the Center for Black 
Music Research, Columbia College, Chicago)

Anthony R. Green has been featured on the blog over the years.  This time he is taking part in a collaborative effort known as Castle of our Skins, presenting works of three composers featured at

'Black Artistry Takes Center Stage in Local Concert Series’

Debut Performance 

Roxbury, MA: Castle of our Skins, a newly created chamber music concert series dedicated to celebrating the music of African American composers, will make its debut Friday, May 23rd at 8pm at Roxbury Community College. The hour-long program, entitled Love Affects…, will pair music with spoken word of noted African Americans including H.T. Burleigh, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama. 

“With Love Affects…, we really wanted to create a narrative already embedded in the concert experience,” Artistic Director and violist Ashleigh Gordon describes. “The program weaves together chamber music, poetry and speeches in an effort to explore how love can affect our sense of self, responsibility to humanity, feeling of cultural pride and dedication to our future.” Chamber works by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, H.T. Burleigh and Adolphus Hailstork intertwine with the poems and speeches of Nikki Giovanni, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama. 

While Love Affects… marks the debut concert performance of Castle of our Skins, the young organization has already reached over 200 elementary students in the greater Boston area through its educational workshops held earlier this year. “Castle of our Skins is not only celebrating the music of Black composers with audiences young and old, but is also celebrating the achievements of diverse artists, in spite of our struggle,” Assistant Director and Composer-in-Residence of the series Anthony Green notes. “We hope that our work of celebrating these artists will spread not only to the general public, but also to working professionals - the respected performers and educators in this field who are not aware of these achievements.” 

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 8:00PM 
Roxbury Community College 
1234 Columbus Ave, Roxbury 
*Tickets: $10 Adults; $5 Seniors (60+) 
Children 10 and under FREE 

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: “Calvary” String Quartet No. 1
H.T. Burleigh: Deep River
Adolphus Hailstork: Songs of Love and Justice
Poems/speeches of Nikki Giovanni, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Barack Obama

Olga Patramanska-Bell; James Dargan, violins 
Ashleigh Gordon, viola 
Javier Caballero, cello
Farah Darliette, soprano
Anthony Green, piano
Laurelle Mathison; Patrick Rogers Dailey, narrators

About Castle of our Skins: Castle of our Skins invites exploration into the rich heritage and modern culture of Black America through the realm of Classical and Contemporary chamber music. The series pairs music of past and present Black composers with dialogue, interactive youth education projects, and creative artistic collaborations in engaging and accessible ways. Seeking to help foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins strives to showcase the multi-dimensional identity encompassing Black American culture. For more information, please visit:


Anthony Green

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Hello!  This looks amazing!  Thanks so much!  Cheers,  Anthony  [Anthony R. Green]

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