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Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual

Wed, February 28, 2018 – 7:30 pm

Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual

Harry Burleigh (1866-1949) is a forgotten hero of American music. Antonin Dvorak’s assistant in New York City from 1892 to 1895, Burleigh was subsequently the composer/singer most responsible for turning spirituals into art songs. His Deep River (1915), a sensation in its day, took an obscure upbeat spiritual and turned it into the reverent song made famous by Burleigh, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson and countless others.

This concert features Washington National Cathedral’s new ensemble-in-residence, the PostClassical Ensemble.

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