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The Black Virtuoso Tradition

February 26, 2022

In partnership with Levine Music and THEARC


PCE celebrates the dazzling repertoire of solo piano pieces by Black as wells as white American composers inspired by Black vernacular sources. Pianist Elizabeth G. Hill and noted stride-piano specialist Steve Mayer trace the history of Harlem Piano from Scott Joplin to James P. Johnson, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and Art Tatum, also including works by Louis Moreau Gottschalk, Antonin Dvorak, George Gershwin, and Margaret Bonds.


Part of PCE’s season program: The Rediscovery and Renewal of Black Classical Music

"Wildly Ambitious"
Anne Midgette

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"One of the country's most innovative musical groups"
Phillip Kennicott

UPcoming this season
The Black Virtuoso Tradition
February 26, 2022
Hope in the Night
March 18, 2022
Mahler's Fourth: A Wicked New Look
April 20, 2022

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