Experiential Orchestra led by James Blachly with Soprano Louise Toppin
Fresh from winning its first Grammy Award, Experiential Orchestra (EXO), led by Music Director James Blachly, opens its 2021-22 season with a concert at the DiMenna Center highlighting its partnership with the African Diaspora Music Project (ADMP). Featuring ADMP Founder and Editor, celebrated soprano Dr. Louise Toppin, the program includes two New York premieres by 20th century African-American composer Julia Perry - her Prelude for Strings from 1946, revised 1962 and newly orchestrated by Roger Zahab, and Symphony for Violas and Basses from 1961, a substantial one-movement work. The concert also includes Quinn Mason's Reflections on a Memorial (2020), Jessica Meyer's Through Which We Flow (2017), and three works for voice - "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" by David Baker from his cycle Wisdom (1990), recorded by Toppin; "Golden Days" by William Grant Still from his opera Costaso (1950); and Jessie Montgomery's I Want to Go Home (2015), premiered with the composer, Julia Bullock, and Blachly in 2015.
A conversation with Toppin will follow the concert, focusing on her remarkable career as a world-renowned soprano and scholar. The program has been curated by Toppin and Blachly, who serves as associate editor of ADMP, and highlights composers included in the ADMP database, which now includes more than 4,000 works for voice and more than 1,200 works for orchestra.
Toppin says, "This concert is an outgrowth of my collaboration with James Blachly on the African Diaspora Music Project, and it is a distinct pleasure to present vocal repertoire that represents three generations of pioneering two African American composers with New York City connections. This concert shows the capability of using this powerful new research tool, and we hope that other organizations will use the database as a resource as they seek to broaden their programming. For the audience that attends this concert, we hope to engage them with new American narratives through the music we perform."
$50 General | $75 Reserved.
Presented by Experiential Orchestra (EXO)
Venue: DiMenna Center for Classical Music
450 W. 37th St.
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