Harry T. Burleigh’s Annual Service of Negro Spirituals: 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. It was performed annually for over 20 years.
The Harry T. Burleigh Society proudly presented a musical tribute to Burleigh’s “Annual Vespers Service of Negro Spiritals.” Speakers provided background and context for the Negro spiritual, Burleigh's arrangements and compositions were performed, and archival material illuminated the significance of Burleigh at St. George’s Church and in American musical culture.