The Harry T. Burleigh Society and Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra’s second collaboration will take place at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture This event showcases the symphonic influence of Harry T. Burleigh, featuring performances by the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins, mezzo-soprano Lucia Bradford, and baritone Lawrence Craig, with a pre-concert lecture by Price scholar A. Kori Hill.
While Burleigh’s work is increasingly credited as influencing some of the spiritual-inspired thematic material for the “New World Symphony” and “American String Quartet” of Dvorak, he also influenced other composers of the 20th century. The program includes William Grant Still's "And They Lynched Him on a Tree,” spirituals by William Levi Dawson and Burleigh, and the New York City premiere of Florence Price’s Violin Concerto 2.
“And They Lynched Him On a Tree” William Grant Still
Violin Concerto No. 2 Florence Price
“My Lord, What a Mornin’” Harry T. Burleigh
“Ezekiel Saw de Wheel” William Levi Dawson
“Largo” from Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” Antonin Dvorak
“Deep River” Traditional
The Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra | Thomas Cunningham, conductor
Courtney Carey, chorus master
Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violinist
Lucia Bradford, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Craig, baritone
Brooklyn Ecumenical Choir
Courtney Carey’s Stars of Tomorrow