Music: Sun Nov 1


In honor of CUUC’s dialogue centered on The 1619 Project, this morning’s musical selections celebrate the contributions of musicians of African descent. The Gathering Music features recorded performances by iconic Black musicians in Spirituals. Some of these seem melodies are heard in solo piano versions in the Centering Music and the 2nd Musical Interlude. Elsewhere, the repertoire focuses on compositions by female composers of African descent, including two recent visitors to CUUC, jazz great Valerie Capers, and the Cuban-American composer Tania León. Read on for programming details.

Gathering Music: Musical Icons of the Civil Rights Movement

Sweet Honey in the Rock: “Wade in the Water”


Paul Robeson: “Deep River” (2’17”)


Dorothy Maynor: “Rise Up Shepherd and Foller” (2’58”)


Marian Anderson: “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” (1’58”)


Centering Music: Adam Kent, piano

Wade in the Water

                                                Margaret Bonds


Opening Music:
Hoosier Rag

                                    Julia Niebergall

Musical Meditation:
From Cinnamon Grove

            II. Adagio

                                                R. Nathaniel Dett

Musical Interlude I:

From Portraits in Jazz

            “A Taste for Bass”

            “Billie’s Song”

                                                Valerie Capers


Musical Interlude II:

Deep River

                                    Traditional Spiritual, arr. by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor



Music for Parting:

                                                Tania León

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