Amplifying Black Voices
"A Conversation Still Needed:
William Grant Still, Lynching and Black Lives"
Jonathan Q. Berryman,
Director of The Heritage Chorale of New Haven
Sunday, April 25, 2021, 4PM
Join Jonathan Q. Berryman, Director of the Heritage Chorale of New Haven, Coro Allegro, and guests for powerful conversation and moving music, as we look back at William Grant Still's courageous 1940 work, And They Lynched Him on a Tree, and the continued need to talk and advocate for Black lives and equal justice.
In 1999, Coro Allegro and The Heritage Chorale of New Haven became the first African-American and LGBTQ+ choruses to collaborate on William Grant Still’s double chorus drama, a partnership we reprised 20 years later to mark the Heritage Chorale's 20th anniversary.
In addition to archival recordings of the collaboration and Still’s Summerland by Pinkham Award winner and former Coro Allegro accompanist Darryl Hollister, the two choruses join together for two new virtual performances of Still’s The Blind Man and M. Roger Holland’s Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace.
Judith Anne Still, archivist and advocate for her father's music,
Ron Williams, baritone and narrator of the 2019 performance,
Singers from both choruses.
Coro Allegro Artistic Director David Hodgkins & Executive Director Yoshi Campbell
Sponsored in part by
David & Shiela Hodgkins
and grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council
and the Boston Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.