Concert in the Park Celebrating Black Composers Sept 12, 7:00pm FREE
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 shown below. 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.
This program is made possible in part by funding from The Gloucester County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Rowan College of South Jersey, a partner of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support is provided by American Symphony Orchestra, New York City, NY.
Three Spirituals for string quartet
I. We Shall Overcome
Voodoo Dolls for string quartet
Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint for String Quartet
No. I. Calvary. Adagio vigoroso
No.3 Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes. Andantino
No.4 Shortnin’ Bread. Allegro
String Quartet No. 1, “Calvary”
III. Rondo: Allegro vivace
Juba for String Quartet
William Grant Still
’Lyric Quartette' (Musical Portraits of Three Friends) (1960) in three movements
I. The Sentimental One
II. The Quiet One (based on Inca melody)
III. The Jovial One
Pictured above clockwise from top left: William Frampton, Alberto Parrini, Cyrus Beroukhim, Philip Payton, musicians in American Symphony Orchestra, New York City
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626 Hurffville-Crosskeys Rd
Sewell, NJ 08080