Sunday, September 9, 2018:


Harry T. Burleigh Saint Day

St. Philips Episcopal Church
10:45am Service, 1:00pm Special Program

On March 9, 2018: HTB Society Event

Lineage & Heritage: On the Souls of Black Folk

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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.


S. Coleridge Taylor: 4 Novelletten
S. Coleridge Taylor: Excerpts from the Hiawatha trilogy

Harry T. Burleigh concert spirituals and art songs
Harry T. Burleigh: From the Southland


 Dr. Marti Newland, soprano

Lucia Bradford, mezzo-soprano

Chauncey Packer, tenor

Sidney Outlaw, baritone

Roy Jennings, piano

Liz Haerim Lee, violin

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On March 31, 2017:

Harry T. Burleigh’s Annual Service of Negro Spirituals: A Tribute 

For more videos, please visit our Youtube page: Harry T. Burleigh Society 

The Harry T. Burleigh Society proudly presented a musical tribute to Burleigh. Speakers provided background and context for the Negro spiritual, Burleigh's arrangements and compositions were performed, and oral history and archival material illuminated the significance of Burleigh at St. George’s Church and his influence on American musical culture.

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.

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