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"Lord, I'll go"

3 Songs, Op. 18 (1998)

The old stoic       

Tell me, tell me...        

Sleep brings no joy       

 

Robert Owens (1925-2017)

Emily Brontë (1818-1848)

 

Sable Pride (2013, rev. 2017)

A Brown Girl Dead

Incident

Tableau

 

Lori Laitman (b. 1955)

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)

 

Intermission

 

Prayer from Nightsongs (1961)

For You, There Is No Song

from Five Millay Songs (2014) 

Dream Song (2016) 

Creole Girl from Nightsongs (1961) 

 

H. Leslie Adams (b. 1932)

Langston Hughes (1901-1967)

Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)

Leslie Morgan Collins (1914-2014))

Rimbaud Cabaret, Op. 101 (2012)

Le Dormeur du val

Au Cabaret-Vert 

 

Robert Owens (1925-2017)

Arthur Rimbaud (1854–1891)

 

Intermission

 

Git on Board (Easter, 1952)

Thomas H. Kerr, Jr. (1915-1988)

 

Lord, I want to be a Christian (2013)

Maria Thompson Corley (b. 1966)

 

Lord, I’ll Go (2010)

Jacqueline B. Hairston (b. 1932)

 

You Can Tell the World (World Premiere) 

Joe Williams (b. 1993) 

Darryl Taylor's performances have been noted for their compelling artistry and authority. His is an international career highlighted by performances of art, song, opera, and oratorio. His repertoire extends from Bach to Britten, and beyond.

 

Recent performance highlights include singing the title role in Phillip Glass' Akhnaten for Long Beach Opera; L.A. Opera’s groundbreaking production of Dido and Aeneas; Pergolesi and Vivaldi Stabat Mater with Lyra Baroque Orchestra of St. Paul, Minnesota; performances with the Carmel Bach Festival; the Bach Collegium San Diego under Richard Egarr, and performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall. He was also heard performing Solomon with the City Choir of Washington under Robert Shafer.

Founder of the African American Art Song Alliance, his recordings on Naxos and Albany record labels have received lavish praise. Love Rejoices: Songs of H. Leslie Adams was a Number One Critic's Choice for American Record Guide for the year 2001.

Gwynne Kuhner Brown is a proud graduate of the Puget Sound School of Music. As a student, she seriously pursued her pianistic ambition while also feeding her intellectual curiosity about topics including history, international political economy, and art. She delights in creating inclusive and inspiring music courses for all Puget Sound students, regardless of major or background. Her teaching seeks to foster creativity, curiosity, compassion, alertness to inequity, and meaningful human connections. She is a musicologist whose current research focuses on the African American composer and educator William Levi Dawson (1899-1990). She has also published on George Gershwin’s opera, Porgy and Bess.

Joe Williams, M. M. is a sound liberator and arts leader from Tacoma, WA. He serves on the Tacoma Arts Commission and the national DEI committee for Music Teachers National Association. He is an advisory board member of New Music Initiative for Black Voices as well as Ebony Music, Inc. He is proud to serve as guest artistic director for Byron Schenkman & Friends.

As a pianist, Williams has premiered works by composers Deborah J. Anderson, Maria Thompson Corley, James Lee III, Brian Raphael Nabors, and Rosephanye Powell. He was recently engaged by Tacoma Urban Performing Arts Center, National Association of Negro Musicians, and Gateways Music Festival. Previous appointments include staff instrumental collaborative pianist at Oberlin Conservatory. Williams is currently researching Florence Price's complete keyboard catalog having been awarded the 2022 Paul Charosh Independent Scholar Fellowship from the Society for American Music.

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