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Music of the African Diaspora

February 13, 2024

1001 Rockland Road, Wilmington, DE 19803

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    The rich and diverse Music of the African Diaspora emerges from the musical traditions of displaced Africans around the world, particularly in the Caribbean, South America, and the United States.  From these vibrant communities, genres like blues, jazz, spirituals, calypso, and habanera were born.  In this concert, we pay homage to these influential styles while presenting them through a contemporary lens 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 in her captivating works. Strum, in particular, mesmerizes with its playful jazz rhythms, evoking a spirited and celebratory atmosphere.

    Our program also includes by 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.

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