Georgia Symphony to perform works by African-American composers Still, Holland, Hailstork, Roumain, Wheeler

Posted on: April 4, 2018

“The Georgia Symphony Orchestra is partnering with groups like the Morehouse and Spelman college glee clubs for a night of performing the works by African-American composers,” writes Ben Brasch in Tuesday’s (4/3) Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “The April 20 and 21 concerts will continue the Marietta-based orchestra’s series of playing American music. Among the pieces set to be performed is William Grant Still’s ‘ … And They Lynched Him on a Tree.’ … The piece tells the story of a man who was convicted of a crime and lynched by a mob. ‘As the only lynching drama in classical music, and with its segregated chorus parts, it stands alone in addressing and confronting the human impact of violence and social injustice,’ according to the GSO…. In addition to Still’s piece, there will also be works from Jonathan Bailey Holland [in photo], Adolphus Hailstork, Daniel Bernard Roumain and GSO’s N. E. Wheeler.” For the performances, the orchestra will collaborate with Morehouse Glee Club, Spelman Glee Club, Uzee Brown/Uzee Brown Society of Choraliers, a chorus in residence at the Morehouse College Department of Music, and Georgia Spiritual Ensemble, a group that honors slavery-era spirituals. Also performing will be vocalists Oral Moses and Theresa Price.

Posted April 4, 2018