Harry T. Burleigh Society

Advancing Burleigh Studies through scholarship and performance

HTB Society Events

Lineage & Heritage: On the Souls of Black Folk

March 9th, 2018

Here's a sneak peek from one of our rehearsals:

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The Harry T. Burleigh Society and the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra join 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 invites listeners to consider their production of western music, not outside, but within the veil.

To include: 

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


For tickets, please click HERE

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Past events

Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's Church: 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 presents a musical tribute to Burleigh and this historic program on March 31st, 2017. Speakers will provide background and context for the Negro spiritual, Burleigh's arrangements and compositions will be performed, and oral history and archival material will illuminate the significance of Burleigh at St. George’s Church and his influence on American musical culture.