Concert Celebrating Black Composers
Sept 12, 2020, 7:00 at Washington Lake Park
Presented in partnership with American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) of New York City, a string quartet featuring musicians from ASO performed a program of works by Black composers. The quartet is comprised of ASO's concertmaster Cyrus Beroukhim, violinist Philip Payton, principal viola William Frampton, and cellist Alberto Parrini.
This program was curated by Philip Payton to celebrate and explore the significant contributions to classical music by Black composers. Audience members heard music ranging from traditional gospel and folk songs arranged for string quartet by Florence Price--the first Black woman to have a composition performed by a major orchestra--to mesmerizing works by contemporary composers Jessie Montgomery and Trevor Weston. Also programmed, works by William Grant Still, Adolphus Hailstork, and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.