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Music of the African Diaspora

Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at 7:30 pm

Works by Valerie Coleman, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Adolphus Hailstork,
Jessie Montgomery & Carlos Simon.

The rich, diverse Music of the African Diaspora emerges from the traditions of displaced Africans around the world — particularly the Caribbean, South America, and the United States.  From these communities, genres like blues, jazz, spirituals, calypso, and habanera were born.  In this concert, we pay homage to these influential styles presenting them for 21st Century audiences.

Valerie Coleman’s composition, Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, skillfully blends Native American folk music with African American slave songs, creating a powerful fusion of cultural heritage.  Jessie Montgomery — known for her unique artistic vision — incorporates elements of classical tradition with the vernacular of African American style. Her work, Strum, mesmerizes with its playful jazz rhythms, evoking a spirited atmosphere.

Our program also includes Carlos Simon’s loop, a contemplative piece that reflects on the profound impact of the Covid-19 shutdown.  Adolphus Hailstork’s Divertimento offers a somber and introspective composition, exploring profound themes.  Lastly, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Nonet showcases a blend of energy and lyrical beauty.

Through this program, we invite you to experience the timeless influence of these important works.

Our Chamber Series programs are more intimate performances featuring smaller ensembles of Musicians of the Delaware Symphony.