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"I Dream a World," from the New World Symphony

Thomas Wilkins conducts the New World Symphony in concert on Feb. 5, 2022, at New World Center in Miami
Gregory Reed, MFA
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Thomas Wilkins conducts the New World Symphony in concert on Feb. 5, 2022, at New World Center in Miami

The Miami-based orchestra celebrates the artistic explosion emanating from 1920s New York, with music and poetry inspired by the Harlem Renaissance.

Sunday, September 18
7:00 PM

Part One
Interview with Kevin Young
Part Two
Interview with Thomas Wilkins
Part One
Part 1
Part 1

Part One — "Noir Reverberations: Music and Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond"

Poems, chamber music, and songs illuminate the artistic vitality of the Harlem Renaissance, with New Yorker poetry editor Kevin Young, the New World Symphony Fellows, and The Ambassador Chorale of Florida Memorial University.

See program details for Part One

Interview with Kevin Young
Interview with Kevin Young
Interview with Kevin Young

Kevin Young is the poetry editor of the New Yorker and director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. He and James Bennett II began by talking about the musical undercurrents of poetry.

Part Two
Part 2
Part 2

Part Two — "Victory Stride: The Orchestral Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance"

New World Symphony
Thomas Wilkins, conductor
Chad Goodman, conductor

William DAWSON - Negro Folk Symphony: III. O Le’ Me Shine, Shine Like a Morning Star!
William GRANT STILL - Symphony No. 4, “Autochthonous”
William GRANT STILL - Patterns for Orchestra
Florence PRICE - Symphony No. 1 in E minor: III. Juba Dance
James PRICE JOHNSON - Victory Stride
Edward Kennedy "Duke" ELLINGTON - Harlem

Interview with Thomas Wilkins
Interview with Thomas Wilkins
Interview with Thomas Wilkins

Hear an interview about this concert with conductor Thomas Wilkins (Transcript will be posted soon)

“I Dream a World: The Harlem Renaissance and Beyond” is a two-part festival and celebration of music and poetry from, and inspired by, the explosion of artistic expression emanating outwards from 1920s New York. With a program curated by Dr. Tammy Kernodle of Miami University of Ohio and New World Symphony Artistic Director Laureate Michael Tilson Thomas, “I Dream A World,” features a kaleidoscopic view of African-American sound.

Guest Kevin Young, The New Yorker poetry editor and Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, pairs poetry by figures such as Langston Hughes and Pauli Murray with choral arrangements and small combo performances by The Ambassador Chorale of Florida Memorial University and New World Symphony Fellows.

And conductor Thomas Wilkins leads the fellows in “Victory Stride: The Orchestral Legacy of the Harlem Renaissance”, featuring colorful orchestral expressions by composers including Duke Ellington, Florence Price, and William Grant Still.
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Program Notes from the New World Symphony:
Noir Reverberations
Victory Stride