CLASSICAL ROOTS: 20th Anniversary Concert

August 15, 2021 | 4:00 pm | Music Hall

This is what joy and inspiration sound like!

Program

JAMES WELDON JOHNSON: Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing
SAMUEL COLERIDGE: Danse negre, Op. 35, No. 4
TRADITIONAL SONGS: Kumbaya
HARRY T. BURLEIGH: Oh, Didn't It Rain
MAMIE SMITH: Crazy Blues
R. NATHANIEL DETT: Juba Dance from In the Bottoms Suite

FLORENCE PRICE: Concerto in D Minor in One Movement for Piano and Orchestra
THE ISLEY BROTHERS: It's Your Thing
VARIOUS: Soul Divas Medley
PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR/GEORGE WALKER: "Sympathy" set to Lyric for Strings
EDWARD K. ("DUKE") ELLINGTON: Caravan

BILL CONTI: Theme from Rocky ("Gonna Fly Now")
CARLOS SIMON: The Block
JAMES BROWN: I Got You (I Feel Good)

Artists

John Morris Russell, conductor
Michelle Cann, piano

Soloists from the Classical Roots Community Mass Choir
Members of the Nouveau Chamber Players

William Henry Caldwell, narrator

Cincinnati Golden Gloves Boxers

Venue

Music Hall

What's Interesting

  • In 2001 the vision of Classical Roots as set forth by the CSO Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) became a reality. A lasting collaboration among the CSO and several prominent African-American church partners produced concerts to celebrate and amplify the many contributions of Black composers, artists and musicians to the American musical landscape.
  • John Morris Russell, who was CSO Associate Conductor at the time, along with CSO staff members Kathy Jorgensen-Finley and Anne Cushing-Reid were driving forces in the establishment and growth of Classical Roots. In fact, JMR conducted the first of many Classical Roots performances and returns to the podium for this 20th anniversary concert.
  • Concert pianist, and former CSO MAC Music Innovator, Michelle Cann brings her exquisite "Liszt-like technique" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) to Florence Price's Piano Concerto in One Movement.
  • The CSO will perform during Classical Roots Celebrations at three of the original partner churches. Reservations are free and open for congregation members first, and available to the public after July 6. Scroll down for unique reservation links for each, or contact the Box Office at 513.381.3300 (M-F, 10-2).