Lost & Found: Black American Classical Music


A special vacation program is our latest collaboration with Washington, DC Postclassic set.

It includes highlights from a recent concert hosted by 1A host Jenn White at Church of all souls in the neighborhood.

It was the curtain of a season project which explores the roots of black American classical music. You are invited on a journey of rediscovery – from songs of sorrow to spiritual arrangements by composer Harry Burleigh and musical prophecies by Antonin Dvorak.

Executive Director PCE Joseph horowitz has already served as a guide when we explored the relevance of composers Antonin Dvorak and Aaron Copland to the cultural history of America.

The centerpiece this time is William Levi Dawson‘s “Black folk symphony.“Horowitz says“ this is one of the most formidable, moving and exhilarating symphonies in the American symphonic repertoire. ”So why after his 1934 first has he fallen into oblivion?

Highlights are courtesy of PostClassical Ensemble as part of its partnership with Howard University and the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts. The performances also featured other prominent black composers. They understand Florence Award and Marguerite Bonds, with readings of WEB Du Bois and Langston hughes.

It is a production “More than music”, scripted and edited by Joseph Horowitz. The technical producer was Peter Bogdanoff.

The music has been used with permission from Naxos. The film “The Souls of Black Folk” will be released by Naxos in January of next year.

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