The DSO's 39th Annual Classical Roots Celebration will Honor Regina Carter and Terence Blanchard.
The Detroit Symphony Orchestra will honor trumpeter, composer, and Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair Terence Blanchard and jazz violinist and MacArthur Fellow Regina Carter at the 39th annual Classical Roots Celebration.
Kazem Abdullah will conduct the program, which includes the world premiere of "Detroit 67" composed by Blanchard marking the 50th anniversary of Detroit's tumultuous summer of 1967, as well as Jeffrey Mumford's Cello Concerto titled "of fields unfolding... echoing depths of resonant light". Cellist Christine Lamprea, First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition, joins the DSO as guest soloist for the Cello Concerto.
The premiere of Blanchard's piece is a component of the DSO's partnership with Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward, a multi-year community engagement project of the Detroit Historical Society that brings together diverse voices and communities around the effects of an historic crisis to find their place in the present and inspire the future.
John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) & James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) / Arr.: Roland Carter (b. 1957)
♪ Lift Every Voice and Sing (1905)
Jeffrey Mumford (b. 1955)
♪ Cello Concerto: of fields unfolding... echoing depths of resonant light (2016)
Christine Lamprea, cello
Terence Blanchard (b. 1962)
♪ Detroit 67 (2016) World Premiere
David Schiff (b. 1945)
♪ 4 Sisters, Jazz Violin Concerto (1997)
Regina Carter, violin
Brazeal Dennard Chorale
Artistic Director: Alice McAlister Tillman
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Kazem Abdullah
Live from Orchestra Hall, Max M. Fisher Music Center, Detroit
Friday, March 3, 2017, 08:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 03:00 AM EET (UTC+2)
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|Terence Blanchard, Regina Carter|
"Lift Every Voice and Sing" – often referred to as the "Black American National Anthem" – is a song written as a poem by James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) in 1899 and set to music by his brother John Rosamond Johnson (1873-1954) in 1905. It is one of the authorized hymns in the Episcopal hymnal.
Recently, I have focused more keenly on gradations and intensities of light as communicated by sound. I imagine distinct worlds within clouds as they define distance, which greatly fuels my imagination. In particular, my most recent works attempt to address these elements, such as my Cello Concerto: of fields unfolding... echoing depths of resonant light (in memoriam Elliott Carter), which was written for cellist Christine Lamprea and commissioned by a consortium of orchestras. — Jeffrey Mumford
New Orleans native Blanchard has close ties to Detroit, serving as the DSO's Fred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair and hosting the DSO's Paradise Jazz Series. Making Friday even more special will be a concert featuring the world premiere of his "Detroit 67", a work marking the 50th anniversary of Detroit's devastating summer of 1967 and the five days of civil unrest that left more than 40 people dead, more than 1,000 injured and countless buildings destroyed. Written for orchestra and choir, Blanchard's piece is a component of the DSO's partnership with Detroit 67: Looking Back to Move Forward, a multiyear community engagement project of the Detroit Historical Society.
For the American premiere of "4 Sisters", David Schiff's engaging jazz violin concerto, the composer added an opening cadenza of bluesy slides and scampering shrieks for soloist Regina Carter, the Detroit-born violinist who made her Detroit symphony debut Thursday with Christoph Poppen conducting. It was a savvy move, allowing Carter to announce her charismatic presence by painting the air with swing. It also winks at Louis Armstrong's landmark introduction to "West End Blues", a metaphor made literal later in the concerto when Schiff works in a curlicue quote from Armstrong's famous cadenza. Schiff is clever. He is conversant enough with jazz that he avoids the potholes of fusing classical and jazz elements by sidestepping the issue altogether. "4 Sisters" is a jazz piece, period – but written by a composer on intimate terms with Stravinsky and Ives as well as Ellington. — Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, January 31, 2004
Terence Blanchard is a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, composer, bandleader, and arranger. He has recorded more than 30 albums, the most recent of which is Breathless for Blue Note Records, executive produced by Detroit legend Don Was. Blanchard is the DSO's Alfred A. & Barbara M. Erb Jazz Creative Chair and the regular host of the Paradise Jazz Series.
Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation and was a 2006 recipient of a MacArthur Foundation "genius" grant. A master of improvisation, she has released nine albums as a bandleader and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Wynton Marsalis, Lauryn Hill, Max Roach, and Dolly Parton. Carter is a native Detroiter, proud Cass Technical High School alumna, and former DSO Civic Youth Ensembles student.
Kazem Abdullah is a vibrant, versatile, and compelling conductor who has served as Generalmusikdirektor of the City of Aachen, Germany since 2012. A master of both orchestral and operatic conducting and a passionate advocate of new music, Abdullah entered the mainstream consciousness when he appeared in a television ad for the 2017 GMC Acadia.
Christine Lamprea is a Colombian-American cellist and First Prize winner of the 2013 Sphinx Competition. She joined the roster of the Sphinx Soloists Program and Sphinx Virtuosi, and as such is presented as soloist with major orchestras worldwide. She is also an avid chamber musician and devotee of nontraditional performance and education.
The Brazeal Dennard Chorale, founded in 1972, is one of the longest-standing organized choral groups in the country. The group pursues the mission of its namesake founder: to remember, discover, and preserve the spiritual music of the African-American experience and culture. The Chorale is based in Detroit and led by Artistic Director Alice McAllister Tillman.
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