THE STAR OF ETHIOPIA:
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Historic Visits to DC (1904-1910)

THE STAR OF ETHIOPIA:
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Historic Visits to DC (1904-1908)

Friday, April 20 – Saturday, April 21
A PCE production in collaboration with the Georgetown University Department of Music

Schedule of events:

FRIDAY, APRIL 20: McNeir Auditorium

7:00 – FILM SCREENING: “Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in America” with commentary by director/producer Charles Kaufmann and Metropolitan AME Church Historian Thelma Dean Jacobs.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21: Gaston Hall

1:30 – THE SORROW SONGS: Listening from the “Deep Pine Woods” — a playlet with music directed by Derek Goldman, featuring professional and student actors as Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Mark Twain, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Paul Lawrence Dunbar

2:15 – Preconcert discussion with members of GU faculty

3:00 – Georgetown University Orchestra concert

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, Maurice Jackson, and Thelma Dean Jacobs 

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

On April 21 Steven Mayer Plays Dvorak, Gottschalk & Coleridge-Taylor

 

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

On April 20 we screen the film “Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in America” with commentary by director/producer Charles Kaufmann.