NOTES FROM THE MAESTRO
In our last Classics performance of the season, we are inviting the African American community to help tell the story. This program opens with Duke Ellington’s tone poem Harlem, an amazing work going back and forth between the sounds of a classical symphony orchestra and a hot jazz combo. Rosephanye Powell’s The Cry of Jeremiah for choir and orchestra continues the program. We will welcome the Ambassador Choir and Canterbury Voices to the stage to delve into the rich tradition of American Gospel.
We are ending the evening with Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Dvorak was appointed director of the National Conservatory in New York in 1891 where his sole purpose was to emancipate American composers from the old country and help them create an American sound. This program will further that vision.