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Rooted in Rochester: A Celebration of Black Composers

Event

Date:
February 11
Time:
8:00 pm
Event Category:

Venue

Location:
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Address:
26 Gibbs Street
Rochester, NY 14604 United States
Phone:
(585) 454-2100

Details

Rooted in Rochester: A Celebration of Black Composers

Thursday

February 9, 2023

7:30pm

Saturday

February 11, 2023

8:00pm

DATE February 9 & 11
LOCATION Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Pre-concert talk will start 1 hour before the show.

Jeff Tyzik, conductor
Kearstin Piper Brown, soprano
Thomas Warfield, narrator

ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK An American Fanfare
NKEIRU OKOYE Songs of Harriet Tubman
WILLIAM GRANT STILL Symphony No. 1 in Ab Major, “Afro-American”
JAMES LEE III Freedom’s Genuine Dawn (RPO Co-Commission)
DUKE ELLINGTON The River Suite

Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik makes a guest appearance in the Philharmonics series to conduct this special concert, a celebration in music of Black Rochesterians and Black Composers with historical ties to the RPO. Internationally acclaimed Rochesterians Kearstin Piper Brown and Thomas Warfield join the RPO for this program, featuring works by Adolphus Hailstork, Nkeiru Okoye, Duke Ellington, and an RPO Co-commission by James Lee III. A highlight of the night will be William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony, which was premiered in Rochester by the RPO in 1931.

Additional Dates

Rooted in Rochester: A Celebration of Black Composers February 9 7:30 pm