Full Concerts 

links to the full performances of our recent concerts


"Lineage and Heritage” a concert produced by the Harry T. Burleigh Society and the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, presented works by Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949) and S. Coleridge Taylor (1875-1912) to foreground the friendship of these African American and African English men.

Conducted by Dr. Thomas Cunningham, who also did the arrangements for the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, artists Haerim Elizabeth Lee, Marti Newland, Lucia Bradford, Chauncey Packer, Sidney Outlaw, Roy Jennings, Eddie Pleasant and scholars Dr. Horace Maxile and Lynne Foote participated in the event. The concert took place on Friday, March 9, 2018 at Calvary Church, of the Calvary-St. George’s Parish where Burleigh was baritone soloist for over 50 years.

Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's Church: A Tribute In 1924, St. George's Church choir performed a service of Negro spirituals featuring Burleigh's compositions and arrangements. This innovative program was so popular it became a signature event for the church, the highlight always being Burleigh's solos and arrangements of the spiritual.

The Harry T. Burleigh Society, co-founded by Lynne Foote and Dr. Marti Newland, proudly presented a tribute to Burleigh and this historic program on Friday, March 31st, 2017 at St. George's Church in New York City.

Speakers Randye Jones, Gabriela Nguyen, Marcia Behrmann, Dr. Jean Snyder and Rev. Jacob Smith provided background and context for the Negro spiritual. Burleigh's arrangements and compositions were performed by Artis Wodehouse, Marti Newland, Amanda Finch, Omar Bowey, Steven Kirby, Kamel Boutros and Alex Nguyen.

The event illuminated the significance of Burleigh at St. George’s Church and his influence on American musical culture.

Promo Video for “Lineage and Heritage” featuring Soprano Marti Newland and Maestro Thomas Cunningham