In conjunction with the Phillips exhibit “The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement,” PCE presents programs of music, readings, commentary, and visual art.
Drew Peterson, pianist
John Edward Hasse, guest curator
Felix Conteras, conga
Jeffrey Mumford, guest curator
Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello
Katerina Burton, soprano
Robin De Jesús, actor
David Strathairn, actor
Kevork Mourad, artist
Derek Goldman, playwright/director
José Sacín, bass baritone (Don Quihote)
Israel Lozano, tenor (Master Peter)
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano (Trujaman)
Ricardo Marlow, Flamenco guitar
The Spiritual In White America
Beginning in 1913, Harry Burleigh (a New York protégé of Antonin Dvorák) began to transform black spirituals into songs for the white concert stage. Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson triumphantly sang Burleigh’s “Deep River” – and it’s still sung today.
But during the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston worried about a “flight from blackness.”
Thursday, August 22 at 6:30 pm The Phillips Collection
Kevin Deas, bass-baritone Joseph Horowitz, piano Cathedra led by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
What’s the proper role of African-American music in America’s musical life?
Beginning in 1913, Harry Burleigh (a New York protégé of Antonin Dvorák) transformed plantation songs into songs for the white concert stage. Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson triumphantly sang Burleigh’s “Deep River” – and it’s still sung today.
But during the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes and Nora Zeale Hurston worried about a denaturing “flight from blackness.”
Our program begins by juxtaposing a historic 1909 recording of “Swing Low” with Burleigh’s concert arrangement as sung by Kevin Deas — a supreme exponent of the spiritual in concert.
Spiritual arrangements by Harry Burleigh and Nathaniel Dett
Readings from W. E. B. Du Bois, Harry Burleigh, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston
So many thanks for that most inspiring, capacious evening. With PCE’s usual ability to surprise and delight… that symphony was astonishing…
Your leadership and dramatic shaping of the Symphony last night was truly masterful - and so inspiring. I know I’ll never forget this experience. Thank you, Maestro!
I loved the intimacy of the ensemble and the aching beauty of the melody repeating and recurring and turning up where I did not expect it . And I found the quality of the sound thrilling.
That was my take on the concert --that and the tears that it brought to my eyes, simply to be there, to be present at the creation of something so beautiful..
What a perfect PCE evening, wonderful concert and lovely gathering
Angel, You are so musical! I've played the 4th twice, it was the first Mahler I heard as a kid, and I'm invariably disappointed that conductors don't let it breathe. U nailed it.
Congratulations again to you and your superb ensemble on a wonderful and provocative performance in the Terrace Theater last evening. As always, we learned something from this concert and it was fun, too.
Everything about it was sheer delight, including the lively and interesting talk at the end…