We proudly share the official video from our March 31st event:
Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals: A Tribute.
Held at St. George's Church, speakers Randye Jones, Gabriela Nguyen, Marcia Behrmann, Dr. Jean E. Snyder and Rev. Jacob Smith provided background and context for the Negro spiritual. Burleigh's arrangements and compositions were performed by Artis Wodehouse, Marti Newland
Amanda Finch, Omar Bowey, Steven Kirby, Kamel Boutros and Alex Nguyen. Socie...ty co-founders Lynne Foote and Marti Newland emceed.
The event illuminated the significance of Burleigh at St. George’s Church and his influence on American musical culture.
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Episode 4! Harry T. Burleigh with Dr. Marti Newland (Part 1).
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We are looking forward to the Tribute to Sylvia Olden Lee, Thursday, June 29th at 7:30pm--Carnegie Hall! Beloved vocal coach Dr. Lee was instrumental in developing concert spiritual performance practice among musicians. Don't miss this event. See more at: https://www.carnegiehall.org/…/Tribute-to-Sylvia-Olden-Lee…/
via Tammy Kernodle, listen to this BBC feature "The Dvorak Statement."
Harlem Opera Theater will present Burleigh's concert spirituals! Friday, May 26th at 7:30pm, at Columbia's Miller Theater. Purchase tickets here:
Harry T. Burleigh Society co-founder Marti Newland will perform at the Dvorak American Heritage Association Spring Musicale on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 at 3pm. Singing Burleigh's arrangement of the concert spiritual "Swing low, sweet chariot," which so important to Dvorak in the first movement of "New World Symphony," she will also perform one of Burleigh's art songs from the cycle "Five Songs of Lawrence Hope."
A very moving celebration of Harry Burleigh's 150th anniversary at St. George's Church, where he sang for 52 years. Thank you, Harry T. Burleigh Society! Highli...ghts of the evening included meeting Jean Snyder and getting a signed copy of her Harry Burleigh biography (University of Illinois Press).
St. George's is going to be so beautiful for tonight's Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's. Can't join us? We'll be livestreaming the whole thing! https://www.burleighsociety.com/live/
If you're unable to join us today for Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's, you can join us virtually! We'll be streaming the concert here: www.burleighsociety.com/live/
Burleigh's "Lovely dark and lonely one" is part of our program Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's. It will be performed by soprano Marti Newland, accompanied by Kamel Boutros on piano.
"Lovely dark and lonely one" is based on a setting of a Langston Hughes poem - an expression of black pride and black beauty. It was Burleigh's last art song, published in 1935. When he was composing it, he wrote Marian Anderson that he composed it with her voice in mind.
When Burleigh retired, his name was carved into a stone pillar St. George's Episcopal Church. After our concert, Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's, guests can go see it!
Advancing the study of Harry T. Burleigh through scholarship and performance. Join us for our first concert: Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's
Burleigh's "One Year" is part of our program Friday, Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's. It will be performed by baritone Steven Kirby, accompanied by Kamel Boutros on piano.
"One Year", based on a poem by Margaret M. Harlan, brings to life the costs of war and the destruction of the First World War in particular. "It is to be wondered whether [Burleigh] himself knows how deep a note he has sounded in it," wrote Musical America in 1916. "For it is one of those cases of true simplicity of style, wherein greatness is to be found. Vital in every sense is this brief war essay."
Burleigh's "Deep River" is part of our program, Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's. It will be performed by tenor Omar Bowey, accompanied by Kamel Boutros on piano.
Burleigh's solo arrangement of "Deep River" became the hit of the recital season in 1916-1917. It was sung by many, including Roland Hayes, Sidney Woodward and President Woodrow Wilson's daughter, Margaret. Marian Anderson and Paul Robeson both recorded versions in 1916.
Burleigh's "Jean" is part of our program for Friday, performed by mezzo-soprano Amanda Finch, accompanied by Alex Nguyen on piano.
"Jean" is possibly Burleigh's most popular art song, written in 1903. It was his first true commercial success and first contribution to the American art long. A reviewer wrote ten years after his death that "Jean" had a "grave, classic beauty" and called it a "first-rate example of early twentieth-century American song literature." (From Jean E. Snyder biography of Burleigh).