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Music and Migration: The Spiritual in White America

Thu, August 22, 2019 – 6:30 pm Concert in 4 days

Music and Migration: The Spiritual in White America

In conjunction with the Phillips’s exhibition The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, PostClassical Ensemble presents two programs of music, readings, commentary, and visual art.

Beginning in 1913, Harry Burleigh (a New York protégé of Antonin Dvořák) 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 Nora Zeale Hurston worried about a “flight from blackness.”

Program

Spiritual arrangements by Harry Burleigh and Nathaniel Dett Readings from W. E. B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston.

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