Music and Migration: PostClassical Ensemble

The Spiritual in White America

August 22, 2019, 6:30 pm

Music Room

In conjunction with the Phillips’s exhibition The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, the DC-based 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.”

Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
Joseph Horowitz, piano
The Washington National Cathedral Choir conducted by Angel Gil-Ordonez
Spiritual arrangements by Harry Burleigh and Nathaniel Dett
Readings from W. E. B. DuBois, Alain Locke, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston