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Classical Roots

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Orchestra Hall
Friday, March 8, 2019 – 10:45 AM
Saturday, March 9, 2019 – 8:00 PM
This program will be live webcast Saturday, March 9
at 8:00 pm EDT (GMT-4) on dso.org/live.
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Concert Description

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor Dr. William F. Pickard, notable Detroit philanthropist and founder of the Arthur L. Johnson Fund for African American Artists, and Dr. Robert A. Harris, respected African-American composer and Professor of Music, at the 41st Annual Classical Roots Celebration. Classical Roots honors African-American composers, musicians and educators for lifetime achievement and raises funds to support the DSO's African-American music and musician development programs.

PROGRAM TO INCLUDE:
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra
André Raphel, conductor

JOHN ROSAMOND JOHNSON
Lift Every Voice and Sing
Classical Roots Celebration Choir*
Norah Duncan, artistic advisor
Alex Sutton, chorus master

TRADITIONAL (ARR. BRAZEAL W. DENNARD)
“Hush! Somebody’s Calling My Name”
Brandon Hodges, counter tenor

YSAŸE BARNWELLL "Wanting Memories"
Brazeal Dennard Chorale
Alice McAllister Tillman, artistic director

ROBERT A HARRIS
Gloria
Jacqueline Echols, soprano
Classical Roots Celebration Choir*

GEORGE WALKER
Lyric for Strings

WILLIAM GRANT STILL
Symphony No. 1, "Afro-American"

*Specially assembled by Norah Duncan, Professor and Chair of the Wayne State University Department of Music, The Classical Roots Celebration Choir combines voices from the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and the Wayne State Centennial Choir.


Artists

André Raphel, conductor  Bio

A dynamic and versatile conductor hailed for his profound musical performances, André Raphel is renowned for his technical brilliance. Named Conductor Laureate of the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra starting with the 2018-2019 season, Raphel led the orchestra as Music Director for 15 years. Other key positions have included Assistant Conductor to Kurt Masur at the New York Philharmonic for two years, Assistant Conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra for six years, and Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra for six years.

Learn more at: andreraphel.com

Jacqueline Echols, soprano   
Classical Roots Celebration Choir, chorus   
Norah Duncan IV, director   
Alex Sutton, director   
Brazeal Dennard Chorale, chorus   Bio

Founded in 1972 by the late Brazeal Dennard, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale is currently led by Alice McAllister Tillman. The Chorale has been a part of the Classcial Roots Celebration since its inception. 

Learn more at www.brazealdennard.org

 

Alice McAllister Tillman, artistic director