Tulsa Symphony’s Feb. 27-28 concerts to spotlight Hailstork, Day, Still, Dvořák

Posted on: February 26, 2021

Adolphus Hailstork’s Two Romances for Viola and Orchestra “will be part of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra’s … concert … broadcast … Feb. 27-28, on KWTU,” writes James D. Watts Jr. in Thursday’s (2/25) Tulsa World (OK). “The orchestra’s principal violist, Jeffery Cowen, will be the soloist for the work. The concert, led by resident guest conductor Daniel Hege, highlights music by African-American composers [including] ‘Lightspeed (Fanfare for Orchestra),’ a 2019 composition by 24-year-old composer Kevin Day, as well as the ‘Serenade for Orchestra’ by William Grant Still…. The concert will also feature Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, ‘From the New World.’ … Hailstork has written … four symphonies, three operas and … works for chorus and orchestra, the most recent being ‘A Knee on the Neck (Tribute to George Floyd),’ … tentatively set to premiere in 2022. His Fanfare on ‘Amazing Grace’ was performed as part of President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony Jan. 20…. ‘I consider myself your basic, blue-collar composer,’ says Hailstork, ‘but in recent years, I have seen where I might be able to make contributions … that reference the experience of African-Americans in this country—the triumphs, as well as the problems of living in a hostile territory.’ ”