This weekend on Introductions, we feature a new double CD from Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. It’s called A Celebration of Black Composers, and was released during Black History Month 2020.
We hear from their full orchestras, a steel pan orchestra, and the Jazz Orchestra jamming with the flagship Symphony Orchestra on some Duke Ellington – 123 musicians in total!
Video:Address for Orchestra by George Walker, performed by the CYSO Symphony Orchestra conducted by Allen Tinkham.
Video:Grand Slam Jam by Duke Ellington, performed by members of the CYSO Jazz Orchestra and the CYSO Symphony Orchestra conducted by Allen Tinkham.
Winged Creatures, by Michael Abels (excerpt) Demarre McGill, flute Anthony McGill, clarinet CYSO Symphony Orchestra Allen Tinkham, conductor Commissioned and recorded by Cedille Records, originally released on CDR-90000187.
Venus & Serena, by Slide Hampton (excerpt) CYSO Jazz Orchestra Pharez Whitted, conductor
Lift Every Voice and Sing, by James Weldon Johnson & John Rosamund Johnson (excerpt) CYSO Kaiso Steel Orchestra Malika Green, conductor
Address for Orchestra, by George Walker I. Poco adagio – molto più mosso CYSO Symphony Orchestra Allen Tinkham, conductor
Symphony No. 1, by Florence Price III. Juba Dance CYSO Concert Orchestra Michael Mascari, conductor
Grand Slam Jam, by Duke Ellington (arr. Luther Henderson, ed. Maurice Peress) CYSO Jazz Orchestra members CYSO Symphony Orchestra Allen Tinkham, conductor