Saturday, January 9, 2021 J’Nai Bridges Headlines Adolphus Hailstork’s ‘TULSA 1921’


Jan 6, 2021

By Francisco Salazar

J’Nai Bridges is set to world premiere “TULSA 1921,” a Narrative work for Mezzo and String Ensemble by Adolphus Hailstork set to text by Herbert Martin.

The performance will be filmed on Feb. 5 and will feature the Harlem Chamber Players. The livestream premiere will take place on YouTube in February 2021.

The composition comes in time for Hailstork’s 80th birthday in April and also speaks to the composer’s legacy of dedication to highlighting stories of African American history and struggle. Hailstork is well-known for his operas “Joshua’s Boots,” “Paul Laurence Dunbar: Common Ground An Operatic Theater piece,” “Rise for Freedom: The John P. Parker Story,” and “Paul Robeson.”

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