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The Souls of Black Folk: Rediscovering Black Classical Music

November 14, 2021

In partnership with Howard University and the Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts

The program highlights Black women composers Florence Price and Margaret Bonds, explores the insights of Langston Hughes and W.E.B. DuBois through letters and texts, and weaves together an illustration of their continuing legacy in shaping American culture. Featuring pianist Elizabeth Hill and the CAAPA Chorale; narrated by Jenn White of NPR’s 1A.

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

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"One of the country's most innovative musical groups"
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UPcoming this season
The Souls of Black Folk: Rediscovering Black Classical Music
November 14, 2021
Mahler Fourth: A Wicked New Look
January 19, 2022
The Black Virtuoso Tradition
February 26, 2022

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