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Synergy Series

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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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 our first Synergy event in 2021 and a one-of-a-kind evening, 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 Perkinson, 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

DVORÁK
Goin’ Home (arr. Barnatan)

PRICE
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot from Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint

DVORÁK
Lento from String Quartet in F Major, Op. 96 “American”

BURLEIGH
An Ante-Bellum Sermon from Plantation Melodies 

WYNTON MARSALIS
Many Gone from String Quartet No. 1 “At The Octoroon Balls”

DVORÁK
Viola Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 97 “American”

P A U S E

The concert continues in the Wu Tsai QRT.yrd with a performance by Kings Return

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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