From around the nation and across the globe, internationally acclaimed artists and scholars converged on Irvine, California, to celebrate, perform, and investigate African American participation in classical music, specifically art song, the rarified confluence of poetry, artistry, and highly skilled composition.
This 20th anniversary celebration has among its focuses, the following:
Keynote address by George Shirley; remote address by Thomas Hampson; 20th anniversary celebration of George Walker’s Pulitzer Prize win via a performance of Lilacs, with Albert Lee, tenor, and the UCI Symphony Orchestra; focus on women in composition; on composers born since 1972 (Next Generation); awards in performance, research, and composition; lectures, panel discussions, master classes; and so much more!
Performances were given by University of Nebraska faculty, Professor Stacie Haneline and Dr. Jamie Reimer. The friday evening performance with Dr. Reimer featured Robert Owen’s 4 Sonnets to Duse, Opus 102 (Sara Teasdale) written for Dr. Reimer in 2012. The second performance was the premiere of the legendary Dr. H. Leslie Adam’s Dunbar Songs for piano and voice sung by the esteemed soprano, Dr. Gail Robinson-Oturu with Stacie Haneline at the piano.
Thomas Hampson’s company “Hampson” life streamed the entire event. The performances were recorded and will be featured on cd.