Friday, September 24, 2021

New York Philharmonic Co-Presents “Honor & Praise,” Tuesday September 28

 

New York Philharmonic Musicians To Perform on
Honor & Praise: Celebrating the Influence of the African Diaspora on Global Culture

September 28, 2021, at Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx


Co-Presented by the New York Philharmonic, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Van Cortlandt House Museum, and Van Cortlandt Park Alliance


 

New York Philharmonic musicians will perform on the Van Cortlandt House Museum Lawn in Van Cortlandt Park on Tuesday, September 28, at 5:00 p.m. as part of Honor & Praise: Celebrating the Influence of the African Diaspora on Global Culture. The free event — a co-presentation by the New York Philharmonic, Bronx Arts Ensemble, Van Cortlandt House Museum, and Van Cortlandt Park Alliance — features performances by a string quartet of Philharmonic musicians and a woodwind quintet from Bronx Arts Ensemble (BAE), plus a panel discussion on the intersection of music, culture, and Black identity.

Philharmonic violinists Fiona Simon and Sharon Yamada, violist Robert Rinehart, and cellist Alexei Yupanqui Gonzales will perform Dr. Trevor Weston’s Juba, and the BAE quintet (Theresa Norris, flute; Marsha Heller, oboe; Mitchell Kriegler, clarinet; Kyra Sims, horn; Atsuko Sato, bassoon) will play Valerie Coleman’s Umoja and Enoch Mankayi Sontonga’s Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika, arranged by Coleman. Members of both groups, plus Philharmonic bassist Rion Wentworth, will perform Dorothy Rudd Moore’s Transcension, composed in 1986 in honor of the first observance of a national holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in the US. The interdisciplinary panel of scholars includes ethnomusicologist Dr. Fredara Hadley, social anthropologist Dr. Raymond Codrington, and Dr. Weston. The event will open with a traditional African libation ceremony, led by Susann Miles and Rev. Rhonda Akanke McClean-Nur.

Proof of vaccination, masks, and advance registration are required.

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