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Saturday, July 31, 2021 • 7:30 PM

Synergy Initiative

American Perspectives I: Goin' Home

Prelude Interview with Kings' Return and SummerFest Music Director Inon Barnatan hosted by Eric Bromberger · 6:30 PM

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The Baker-Baum Concert Hall

When Dvorák discovered African American Spirituals, sung to him by his student, he was moved to write the New World Symphony and proclaim that American composers should base their music on these wonderful songs. In the first Synergy event of 2021, we celebrate the influence of African American spirituals and folk music on classical composers. The sensational Kings Return gospel quartet will interweave their unique arrangements of spirituals, old and new, with string pieces by composers who were inspired by these songs, such as Wynton Marsalis, Florence Price, and Coleridge Taylor Parkinson, culminating in one of Dvorák’s chamber masterpieces, The American String Quintet.

Join in the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd following the concert for a postlude performance by Kings’ Return

DVORAK
Goin’ Home

MARSALIS
Selections from At the Octoroon Balls

PRICE
Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint

PERKINSON
Calvary Ostinato (from Lamentations: Black Folk song suite)

MARSALIS
Selections from At the Octoroon Balls

LIBBY LARSEN
Sorrow Song and Jubilee

DVORAK
String Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97 “American”

Repertoire with Kings’ Return interspersed:
Goin’ Home
Joshua Fit the Battle
Swing Lo
Motherless Child
Until I Found the Lord
Shenandoah
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Shall We Gather By The River
Go Down Moses
Gotta Do Right 

Featured Artists

Balourdet String Quartet

ensemble

Calidore Quartet

ensemble

Jun Iwasaki

violin

Paul Huang

violin

Kings Return

ensemble

Blake Pouliot

violin

Jonathan Vinocour

viola

Alisa Weilerstein

cello

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