(photo credit Carol Jenkins)
Congratulations Maestro Marlon Daniel and Ensemble du Monde on PARALLELS OF THE PAST, An Evening of Music and Poetry! Expressing joy and gratitude. My honor to host and start the evening’s program with a reading of the poem I America by poet Edward Daniels Currelley. What a great audience of ethnically and culturally diverse classical music enthusiasts representing all generations. It was a night of stellar performances!
Featured were the works of Pulitzer Prize winning composer George Walker (b. 1922), and William Grant Still (1895 – 1978), Mother and Child, Langston Hughes (1902-1967) Let America Be America Again, Samuel BARBER (1910 – 1981) Adagio, Ivan Fischer (b. 1951), Eine Deutsch-Jiddische Kantate, Zweistimmige Ouverture, Wiegenlied, III. Deutsche Arie, Jiddische Arie, Grabschrift. Returning from a brief intermission the program proceeded with Tamam Tracy Moncur (b. 1945), Will the Real America Please Stand! George Walker (b. 1922) Lyric, Béla BARTÓK (1881 – 1945) Divertimento, Allegro non troppo, Molto Adagio III. Allegro assai.
American icons Carol Jenkins and Reginald Van Lee read the inspirational and powerful poems of Langston Hughes, Let America Be America Again. and Tamam Moncur, Will the Real America Please Stand! The content was piercing and their readings eloquent and passionate. Both guest were accompanied by Ensemble du Monde, a truly wonderful collaboration of both music and poetry.
Why is it important to support and attend Ensemble du Monde concerts? Members of the audience leave having had a culturally and educationally enriching experience. While, Ensemble du Monde concerts are historically rich cultural and educational experiences. They’re quilted with the history and herstory of hidden colors.
Do you know the names Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges and the Colour of Music Festival?
Few classical music enthusiasts are aware of the tremendous contributions of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer whose opera and classical masterpieces equaled or far exceeded those of his 18th century contemporaries. Although his compositions are highly recognized overseas, they have gathered little notice in the United States. Today there are thousands of celebrated and prodigiously talented classical principles, composers and performers of African descent throughout the world. Yet, their opportunities to grace concert stages of major American orchestras are rare to non-existent. – The Colour of Music Festival
Save the date October 18-22, 2017 for the Colour of Music Festival.
To learn more about Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges and the Colour of Music Festival
To learn more about Ensemble du Monde visit: www.ensumbeldumonde.org
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