Thursday, April 25, 2019

From Song Came Symphony: The Influence of Harry T. Burleigh, Wed., May 8, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, May 8
7:30 pm

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Langston Hughes Auditorium
515 Malcolm X Blvd at 135th Street 
New York, NY 10037 

Our second collaboration with the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra expands the recognition of Harry T. Burleigh to chart his impact in instrumental music. The concert presents concert spirituals for chorus arranged by Burleigh and William Dawson, followed by instrumental works by Antonin Dvorak, Florence Price, and William Grant Still.  
Join us and experience the rich and varied imaginations of Black composers who continued Burleigh's mission to build a classical music style rooted in the religious, folk, and popular music traditions of Black America.

Thomas Cunningham, conductor
Courtney Carey, chorus master
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violin
Lucia Bradford, contralto
Lawrence Craig, baritone

Concert Program 

A. Kori Hill
Pre-concert lecture
Harry T. Burleigh
My Lord, What a Mornin'

William Levi Dawson
Ezekiel Saw De Wheel
Antonin Dvorak
"Largo," Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"
Florence Price
Violin Concerto No. 2 (NYC Premiere)
William Grant Still
And They Lynched Him on a Tree
"[Still's And They Lynched Him on a Tree], commands the audience to reckon with the brutal reality of the color line through lynching in America." - Marti Slaten, Burleigh Society executive director.

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