Our soloist for this program will be Jazz vocalist and African American historian, Bruce Henry. With his help, we will provide a musical overview of the African American musical voice from 1750 – 2020, including symphonies, spirituals, gospel and leading composers of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington and William Grant Still. We finish with Umoja written by Valerie Coleman, declared Performance Today’s 2020 Classical Woman of the Year.
JOSEPH BOLOGNE CHEVALIER de SAINT-GEORGES: Symphony No. 1 in D major Op. 11
SPIRITUALS and GOSPEL MEDLEY
These songs were the heart-cries of a captive people whose longing for freedom was supported by an abiding faith and an understanding that the worst kind of bondage is what takes place on the inside.
WILLIAM GRANT STILL: Afro-American Symphony
DUKE ELLINGTON/arr. Paul Gericke: “It Don’t Mean a Thing if it Ain’t Got That Swing”
VALERIE COLEMAN: Umoja, Anthem for Unity
Free, no ticket required. Donations gratefully accepted.
Join us for a reception to meet the musicians following the concert.