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Harlem Renaissance: Orchestral Voices

Sunday • April 14 • 3:00 pm
Shelton Intermediate School 675 Constitution Blvd N
Shelton, CT 06484 United States

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This high-energy program celebrates the orchestral music written by Black composers and performers at the heart of the Harlem Renaissance.

The Music

Duke Ellington
Black, Brown & Beige • Solitude

Margaret Bonds
I Got a Home in that RockYou Can Tell the World

William Grant Still
Afro American Symphony

James P. Johnson
Drums • Yamekraw

Carlos Simon

The Performers

New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Chelsea Tipton II, Conductor & Principal Pops Director
Christian Sands, piano
Lisa Williamson, soprano

New Haven native Christian Sands has five Grammy Award nominations under his belt, including best Latin jazz piano solo. Wynton Marsalis named him a “jazz star of the future,” and Sands spent six years as the pianist in Christian McBride’s trio and Inside Straight Quartet. Sands’ stylistic range includes stride piano, swing, be-bop, progressive jazz, fusion, Brazilian and Afro-Cuban. In 2016, he was signed to the prestigious Mack Avenue Records label. His debut CD, “REACH,” was released in 2017, holding down the No. 1 spot on Billboard magazine’s Jazz Albums Chart for four weeks. This young Steinway Artis is taking his place as a leader and an emerging jazz force.

Described by the Washington Post as “silvery of voice” and “a showstopper” for her recent performances with Washington National Opera as The Rose in The Little Prince and The Flamingo in the world premiere of Jeanine Tesori’s The Lion, the Unicorn and Me, soprano Lisa Williamson is a versatile singer who has forged a diverse career that has taken her around the world from Muscat, Oman to the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to the Indianapolis Brickyard.



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  • Explore the Music

    Music on the Program

    Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown & Beige

    Duke Ellington’s Solitude

    Carlos Simon’s Amen!

    William Grant Still’s Afro-American Symphony

    James P. Johnson’s Drums

    James P. Johnson’s Yamekraw


    Hear the Guest Soloist

    Pianist Christian Sands Plays Duke Ellington’s “Caravan”

    Soprano Lisa Williamson sings Florence Price’s Sympathy

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