From Song Came Symphony: The Symphonic Influence of Harry T. Burleigh


The Harry T. Burleigh Society and Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra’s second collaboration took place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. This event showcased the symphonic influence of Harry T. Burleigh, featuring performances by the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, and baritone Lawrence Craig, with a pre-concert lecture by Price scholar A. Kori Hill.

While Burleigh’s work is increasingly credited as influencing some of the spiritual-inspired thematic material for the “New World Symphony” and “American String Quartet” of Dvorak, he also influenced other composers of the 20th century. The program includes William Grant Still's "And They Lynched Him on a Tree,” spirituals by William Levi Dawson and Burleigh himself, and the New York City premiere of Florence Price’s Violin Concerto 2.


A wide-ranging night of African-American music served up with fire and feeling by the Harry T. Burleigh Society

Marginalized Composers Take Center Stage at the Schomburg Center

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From Song Came Symphony: The Symphonic Influence of Harry T. Burleigh


And They Lynched Him on a Tree (1940)


Largo, Symphony No. 9, From the New World


My Lord, What a Mornin 1918