On May 8 at Manhattan’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra and its music director, Thomas Cunningham, will present a program entitled “From Song Came Symphony: Charting the Influence of Harry T. Burleigh.” The concert will feature the New York premiere of Florence Price’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with soloist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. Also on the program will be William Grant Still’s oratorio And They Lynched Him on a Tree and spirituals by composers William Levi Dawson (1899-1990) and Burleigh (1866-1949). Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra was formed in 2014. The orchestra’s mission is to perform lesser-known works and music by African American and female composers.
Posted May 8, 2019