Black History Month Highlights

February 4, 2023, 11:00 am

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Left to right: Jessie Montgomery (Photo: Jiyang Chen); Adolphus Hailstork; George Walker

This week on Introductions, we look back to performances of music by Black composers from the past twelve months. Teenage performers play music by composers old and new: Montgomery, Dett, Hailstork, Still, Perkinson and Walker.


Jessie Montgomery: Overture
CYSO Symphony Orchestra; Allen Tinkham, conductor
First broadcast January 14, 2023

Jessie Montomgery: Rhapsody No. 1
Bianca Ciubancan, violin
First broadcast September 24, 2022

Robert Nathaniel Dett: In the Bottoms:
Barcarolle, “Morning”
Bazyli Siwek, piano
First broadcast June 4, 2022

Adolphus Hailstork: Yuhwa
Karen Kobayashi, flute
First broadcast January 7, 2022

William Grant Still arr. Alexa Still: Song for the Lonely
Tabitha Mo, flute; Inah Chiu, piano
First broadcast October 22, 2022

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Blue/s Forms:
I. Plain Blue/s
II. Just Blue/s
III. Jettin’ Blue/s
Sameer Agrawal, violin
First broadcast December 10, 2022

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson: Louisiana Blues Strut
Elinor Detmer, violin
First broadcast May 7, 2022

George Walker: Lyric for Strings
CYSO Symphony Orchestra Strings; Allen Tinkham, conductor
First broadcast July 2, 2022