Ebony Classics: A Beautiful Flower, Thu 2/17 @ 3pm
Black Female composers and musicians of “classical music” are highlighted in this program.
The artists range from Dorothy Maynor, Kelly Hall-Tompkins, Eliesha Nelson, Tania Leon, Louise Toppin, Leontyne Price, and Florence Price.
The playlist includes compositions by Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Tania Leon, and Nkeiru Okoye.
The music is performed by pianist Dr. Samantha Ege, Violinist Annelle K. Gregory, and Kelly Hall-Tompkins, violaist Eliesha Nelson, conductor Tania León, vocalists Leontyne Price, Louise Toppin, and Dorothy Maynor and composer Margaret Bonds.
Accompanying musicians and orchestras include Odekhiren Amaize, Glen Inanga, David Korevaar, Alexander Sinchuk, Arpad Sandor, Samuel Barber, Craig Ketter, and Julius P. Williams leading the Dvorak Symphony Orchestra.
Florence Price: Symphony No. 4, Juba Dance (Fort Smith Symphony, John Jeter, cond)
Nkeiru Okoye: Songs of Harriet Tubman: I am Harriet Tubman, Free Woman (Louise Toppin, s; Dvorák Symphony Orchestra, Julius P. Williams, cond)
Florence Price: Fantasie Negre No. 3 (Samanta Ege)
Tania León: Bailarín (Tania Leon)
Fritz Kreisler: Recitativo and Scherzo-Caprice for Violin (Kelly Hall-Tompkins, v; Craig Ketter)
Poulenc: Miroirs brûlants (Leontyne Price & Samuel Barber, historic recording)
Paul Juon: Moderato from Viola Sonata No. 1 (Eliesha Nelson)
Handel: O Sleep, Why Dost Thou Leave Me? from Semele (Dorothy Maynor, Arpad Sandor)
Rachmaninoff: 5 Morceaux de fantaisie (Alexander Sinchuk, Annelle Gregory)