The Philadelphia-based Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra has announced details of its second season, which will open on September 16 with a free concert entitled “Tiempos y Música” at the Baptist Temple, on the Temple University campus. Music Director Jeri Lynne Johnson will lead the concert, which celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and will include Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, juxtaposed with works by 20th-century Mexican composers. The BPCO’s February 19 performance, honoring Black History Month, will feature works by Brahms, Dvorák, and African-American composer Henry Thacker Burleigh. The orchestra’s April 28 concert, “Paris: When it Sizzled. Stravinsky, Milhaud and ‘Le Jazz Hot’,” will include Milhaud’s La Création du Monde and Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, and is being performed as part of the inaugural Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts. The orchestra’s February and April concerts will be performed at Philadelphia’s Independence Seaport Museum. Johnson founded the Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra in 2008; she was previously the first African-American woman to be awarded the Taki Concordia Conducting Fellowship, in 2005.
Posted September 2, 2010