Lineage and Heritage: On the Souls of Black Folk
The Harry T. Burleigh Society and the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra joined to present works of Harry T. Burleigh (1866-1949) and S. Coleridge Taylor (1875-1912). The friendship of these African American and Afro-British men provided mutual support that inspired them to create works that embraced underrepresented black musical and literary themes which shaped turn of the 20th century culture. With a transatlantic approach, they were active in the intellectual circles of their day, corresponding with Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. This concert invited listeners to consider their production of western music, not outside, but within the veil.