Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Historic Visits to DC (1904-1910)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Historic Visits to DC (1904-1908)

Saturday, April 21 at 3:00 pm
Pre-concert talk at 2:15 pm

Gaston Hall, Georgetown University

A PCE production in collaboration with the Georgetown University Department of Music

Steven Mayer, piano
Ivan Stefanovic, violin
Antonio Chase, tenor
Marty Lamar, baritone
Members of PostClassical Ensemble
Choir of the Metropolitan AME Church
Georgetown University Orchestra
conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Scripted and produced by Joseph Horowitz
Commentary by Anna Celenza, Anthony Cook, Soyika Colbert, and Maurice Jackson

Orchestral and keyboard music by Coleridge-Taylor, Harry Burleigh, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Antonin Dvorak

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was a black British composer who catapulted to fame with his 1898 oratorio Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast. W. E. B. DuBois (who celebrated Coleridge-Taylor in his musical pageant “The Star of Ethiopia”) wrote:

“Fortunate was Coleridge-Taylor to be born in Europe and to speak a universal tongue. In America, he could hardly have had his career. He was one with that great company of mixed-blooded men: Pushkin and Dumas . . . and Douglass.”

In DC, where he conducted at the Metropolitan AME Church, Coleridge-Taylor was the toast of the African-American community – and avidly absorbed the music of black America. In collaboration with Harry Burleigh and others once associated with Dvorak, he played a dynamic role adapting spirituals for the concert hall.   

Steven Mayer



Steven Mayer plays Gottschalk’s “The Banjo”

“Piano playing at its most awesome”
– The New York Times