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"From Song Came Symphony": Charting the Influence of Harry T. Burleigh

  • Langston Hughes Auditorium at
    Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
    515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, NY, 10037 United States (map)

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.

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Guest Artist

Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Guest Artist

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