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

  • St George's Episcopal Church 4 Rutherford Place New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

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.