Tyehimba Jess: Spirituals, Rags and Strings in Brooklyn
Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library Branch (10 Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn)
1892, H.T. Burleigh became one of the first African-American students admitted into the National Conservatory of Music in New York City. The spirituals he sang inspired the Conservatory’s visiting director, Antonín Dvořák, to write several masterpieces based on American themes, and to envision a rich and unique future for American music. Now, the Brooklyn Phil Chamber Players team up with poet Tyehimba Jess in a concert that imagines these artists’ lives and stories, spinning out the legacy of this first link between African-American music and the symphonic tradition.