“The People Could Fly” Triumphs, Maestro Marlon Daniel, Ensemble du Monde

Maestro Marlon Daniel, Ensemble du Monde

Maestro Marlon Daniel, Ensemble du Monde

On Friday February 8th, 2014 I had the opportunity to attend the New York Premiere of “The People Could Fly” at The Dimenna Center for Classical Music. “The People Could Fly” was narrated by Broadway choral director/arranger Chapman Roberts. Mr. Roberts is the creator of Black Stars of the Great White Way initiative. Mr. Roberts narration was brilliant, inspiring and powerful. “The People Could Fly” is based on an African-American folk tale about enslaved Africans who possessed magical powers, which enabled them to fly away to freedom. Violinist Josh Henderson premiered “The People Could Fly” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Composer Trevor Weston was a special guest at the concert.
The musical tribute features Ensemble du Monde’s music director and conductor Maestro Marlon Daniel. Maestro Daniel performed an array of works by composers with African ancestry.

The program included Joseph Bologne, Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges,(1745 -1799): Symphonies in G Major, Op.11, No. 1; William Grant Still (1895 -1978): Mother and Child; Weston (b. 1967): The People Could Fly; and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875 -1912): Four Novellettes, Op. 52.

If you were not in attendance, you missed one of the major events of the season. The event was followed with a wonderful reception, where guests had an opportunity to meet and converse with Maestro Marlon Daniel, composer Trevor Weston and members of Ensemble du Monde. Currently Ensemble du Monde is Orchestra-in-Residence at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

In attendance was filmmaker Katherine Cheairs, whose film Ending Silence, Shame & Stigma: HIV-AIDS in the African American Family premiered in New York City at the NYU Global Center for Academic Spiritual Life.

To learn more about Ensemble du Monde, http://www.ensembledumonde.org.

©Lorraine Currelley 2014. All Rights Reserved. Unauthorized duplication of this material without express and written permission from this author is strictly prohibited.


One thought on ““The People Could Fly” Triumphs, Maestro Marlon Daniel, Ensemble du Monde

  1. Wonderful to read this excellent review. My friend Maestro Marlon Daniel in tandem with composer Trevor Weston and violinist, Josh Henderson are an incredible team. Congrats to all

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