Harlem Renaissance and Beyond

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Orchestra 2001 

Na’Zir McFadden, conductor 

Elizabeth Steiner, harp


PROGRAM

Undine Smith Moore — Afro-American Suite

Duke Ellington — Single Petal of a Rose
(Elizabeth Steiner, Harp)

William Grant Still — Summerland

George Walker — Lyric for Strings

Valerie Coleman — Portraits of Langston

Jessie Montgomery — Source Code


“Harlem Renaissance and Beyond” is part of Orchestra 2001’s new series, “JOURNEYS: Classical Music from the African Diaspora.” This first series spans over 80 years of music with ties to and from this amazing period of African-American cultural and intellectual revival including masterpieces by William Grant Still, Duke Ellington, Undine Smith Moore, and George Walker.   

“Portraits of Langston” (2007) by Valerie Coleman (b. 1970), is based on Langston Hughes’ poetic memories of Harlem and Paris. The string ensemble for “Source Code” (2013) by Jessie Montgomery (b. 1981), explores the DNA source code for most African-American music – spirituals – with syntax and influences from Langston Hughes, choreographer Alvin Ailey, and songstress Ella Fitzgerald.  

A rising musical star from Philadelphia, conductor Na’Zir McFadden, was the inaugural Apprentice Conductor of the Philadelphia Ballet Orchestra, recently appointed as Assistant Conductor and Community Ambassador for the Detroit Symphony. Na’Zir will lead and host two different opportunities to hear “Harlem Renaissance and Beyond,” one in an alternative, Harlem-based business in Bridesburg (5 minutes away on I-95), the other at the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

 

THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2022  |  7:30 PM
American Hats Factory Showroom
A Harlem-based business in Bridesburg, Northeast Philadelphia
2251 Fraley St., Philadelphia, PA

Convenient parking in lot and street.
Includes hat-making demonstration.
FREE. No ticket required. 
Please pay what you can or donate!


 

FRIDAY, MAY 27, 2022  |  7:30 PM
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Auditorium

​701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA
CLICK HERE for directions and parking info.
Face masks or proof of vaccination may be requested to comply with the pandemic safety guidelines of the museum. 
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Orchestra 2001 is offering free and affordable ticketing to remove barriers to attending these concerts. We ask that you please pay an amount that fits your budget! 


"Harlem Renaissance and Beyond" is part of Orchestra 2001's JOURNEYS series, funded by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation and the League of American Orchestras' Futures Fund. The American Hats Factory Showroom event is funded in part by PNC Arts Alive and William Penn Foundation as part of the EMERGING MARKETS concert series.


 

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