Tuesday, April 17, 2018

WABE.org: Anti-Lynching Work By William Grant Still To Premiere In Georgia This Weekend [April 20 & 21]

Dr. Uzee Brown (left) and Dr. Timothy Verville spoke with Lois Reitzes about their upcoming concert.
Credit Erin Wright / WABE

Between 1892 and 1930, lynch mobs were responsible for the murders of some 3,000 African-American men, women and children. It’s an episode of American history that has been seldom addressed in art, though there are notable exceptions.

One of those exceptions is the dramatic choral work “And They Lynched Him on a Tree.” The music is by William Grant Still, known as “the Dean of African-American composers.” The words are by Katherine Garrison Chapin, a white poet.

The work has only been performed some 25 times since it premiered in 1940, and this weekend, it will premiere for the first time in Georgia. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will be joined by the Spelman and Morehouse Glee Clubs, the Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers and the Georgia Spiritual Ensemble for a Friday evening concert at Morehouse College and Saturday performance at the Marietta Performing Arts Center.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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