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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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.