Louisiana Philharmonic commemorates emancipation proclamation with “The Crossing”

Posted on: April 17, 2013

In Wednesday (4/17) Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana), Ana Gershanik writes, “Tulane University will present a concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra featuring the world premiere of ‘The Crossing’ by talented Cuban-American composer and Newcomb College alumna Odaline de la Martinez on April 27 at 8 p.m., at Tulane University’s Dixon Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. ‘The Crossing’ is the second part of a tripartite composition entitled the Slavery Trilogy, a large-scale choral and orchestral piece developed from Joan Anim-Addo’s libretto, ‘Imoinda’ and it takes place in one of the many ships used to bring the slaves across the Atlantic. It is performed in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The performance will include a chamber orchestra consisting of LPO string and percussion players, choirs from Tulane and Xavier Universities conducted by Leonard Raybon with the participation of soprano Allanda Small Campbell. The event is co-sponsored by the Newcomb College Institute, the daughters of Walter and Ruth Jenkins in memory of their parents, and an anonymous donor. Walter Jenkins was one of composer de la Martinez’s teachers at Newcomb College. The concert will also include other choral and solo compositions relevant to the celebration.”

Posted April 17, 2013