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Thursday, February 2, 2017 7:30 PM // Hill Auditorium

Bruckner Orchester Linz

This unique concert features an Austrian orchestra performing works by composers who wrote about the experience of Africans and African-Americans.

The program includes Alexander Zemlinsky’s Africa Sings, which was written in 1929 and features poetry by Langston Hughes and other prominent writers from the Harlem Renaissance. The program also features Philip Glass’s recent collaboration with the Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, one of the great international artists performing today, based on three poems of Ifé, where the Yoruba people believe the world was created. “The power of Kidjo’s unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, the stellar, genre-bending musicians who back her, and the infectious, activist energy that course through her songs all transcend any native tongue.” (NPR Music)

PROGRAM

Gershwin Porgy and Bess Suite (arr. Morton Gould)
Zemlinsky Symphony Songs from Africa Sings, Op. 20
Ellington Black, Brown, and Beige Suite
Glass Ifé: Three Yorùbá Songs

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  • H. Gardner and Bonnie Ackley Endowment Fund

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Playlist: Highlights of Angélique Kidjo’s Music

Angélique Kidjo and Bruckner Orchester Linz give a breath of new life to classical music in this celebration of black culture.

2/2/17 7:30 PM
Hill Auditorium

Bruckner Orchester Linz

DETAILS

This unique concert features an Austrian orchestra performing works by composers who wrote about the experience of Africans and African-Americans.

The program includes Alexander Zemlinsky’s Africa Sings, which was written in 1929 and features poetry by Langston Hughes and other prominent writers from the Harlem Renaissance. The program also features Philip Glass’s recent collaboration with the Beninese singer Angélique Kidjo, one of the great international artists performing today, based on three poems of Ifé, where the Yoruba people believe the world was created. “The power of Kidjo’s unflappable voice, the range of her emotional expression, the stellar, genre-bending musicians who back her, and the infectious, activist energy that course through her songs all transcend any native tongue.” (NPR Music)

PROGRAM (Thu 2/2/2017: Hill Auditorium)

Gershwin Porgy and Bess Suite (arr. Morton Gould)
Zemlinsky Symphony Songs from Africa Sings, Op. 20
Ellington Black, Brown, and Beige Suite
Glass Ifé: Three Yorùbá Songs
SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSORS

SUPPORTING SPONSORS

  • H. Gardner and Bonnie Ackley Endowment Fund

MEDIA PARTNERS

BLOG

UMS LOBBY

Playlist: Highlights of Angélique Kidjo’s Music

Angélique Kidjo and Bruckner Orchester Linz give a breath of new life to classical music in this celebration of black culture.

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