HARRY T. BURLEIGH MEETS ANTONIN DVORAK
A co-presentation of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Georgetown University, and PostClassical Ensemble.
Friday, April 19, 2013, at 7:30 pm
Duke Ellington School of the Arts
3500 R St. NW
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Free admission for students from Georgetown University and Duke Ellington School with school ID, but reservations are recommended.
Duke Ellington School of the Arts Chorus
Conducted by Steven Allen.
The combined orchestras of Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra and Georgetown University.
Conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez
Harry T. Burleigh and Plantation Song – a choral concert with commentary and a visual presentation
Dvorak’s New World Symphony – a symphonic concert with commentary and a visual presentationThis unique program explores Dvorak’s prophecy that American music would ultimately be founded upon “Negro melodies.” Dvorak’s African-American assistant Harry T. Burleigh pioneered in bringing spirituals into the concert hall. Dvorak’s New World Symphony pioneered in infusing concert music with the riches of African-American and Native American culture.
The visual presentation applied to the Largo and Scherzo of the New World Symphony (co-created by PCE Artistic Director Joe Horowitz) culls pertinent text from Longfellow’s The Song of Hiawatha (which Dvorak acknowledged as an inspiration), as well as iconic American paintings by Frederic Church, Albert Biestadt, Frederick Remington, and George Catlin.