Thursday, May 24, 2018

Dr. Stan Ford: African American Art Songs at 2018 Salzburg Chamber Music Series

Dr. Stan Ford

Dr. Stan Ford writes:

I am pleased to announce our 2018 Salzburg Chamber Music series in the enchanting city of Salzburg, Austria where the superlative Salzburg Music Festival takes place every summer.  I am fortunate to be artistic director of this series. Renowned Artists, spanning the globe from North America, Europe to Australia have been invited to share their musical gifts with an enthusiastic audience. Among the diverse programs that will be presented, I am particularly proud to share that a recital of African American Art songs highlighting the contributions of African American composers to the American Art song repertory will be performed by soprano, Christine Jobson and pianist, Gregory Thompson. The program will feature music by male and female composers Florence Price, Robert Owens, Margaret Bonds, H.T. Burleigh and others. It will emphasize different themes that are traditionally used in the American Art song repertory and celebrate important poets.  You will notice an emphasis on text by English poet, William Shakespeare in the first set of songs and on the text of African American poet, Langston Hughes in many of the songs throughout the program. The following themes and concepts will be explored: dreams, pretty black girls, death, separation, and love. Please check out our link:  for more details and we hope to see you in July.


Dr. Stan Ford, professor, artistic director

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