March 19 - 21, André Raphel conducts Coleridge-Taylor, Still, and Caine featuring the Uri Caine Trio

André Raphel conducts Coleridge-Taylor, Still, and Caine featuring the Uri Caine Trio
Conductor André Raphel makes his subscription series debut in a program featuring jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine’s The Passion of Octavius Catto, an oratorio about the Reconstruction-era civil rights leader who was murdered in Philadelphia in 1871.

Caine’s jazz trio and the BSO are joined by multifaceted vocalist Barbara Walker and the newly formed Catto Chorus for this moving piece. Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a British composer of African descent, wrote his entertaining, colorful four-movement Petite Suite de Concert in 1910. In 1931, William Grant Still’s Symphony No. 1, Afro-American, was the first symphony by an African-American to be performed by a significant American orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic. Arthur Fiedler led performances with the Boston Pops in 1937.

André Raphel, conductor
Barbara Walker, vocalist
Uri Caine Trio
The Catto Chorus

COLERIDGE-TAYLOR - Petite Suite de Concert
STILL - Symphony No. 1, Afro-American
Uri CAINE - The Passion of Octavius Catto


Pre-concert Performances

March 19
City Strings was founded in 2012 on the belief that access to high-quality youth programs can create positive change in economically-strained communities and foster the social, emotional and educational development of its youth. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit youth development program, City Strings provides free cello lessons and unique performance opportunities to six through eighteen-year-old students primarily from urban Boston. But we teach our students much more than musical skills. Our focus is on discipline, teamwork, respect, listening and accountability - all attributes that we nurture to develop the whole child. City Strings’ mission is to inspire and challenge children from underserved communities to develop leadership and life skills and a passion for excellence through the discipline of a music ensemble.

Pre-concert performance at 7:15pm in Symphony Hall’s Cabot-Cahners Room. Free to the evening’s BSO concert ticket holders.
Arr. ISRAEL Heritage Medley, for cello choir

March 21
Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.

Pre-concert performance at 7:15pm in Symphony Hall’s Cabot-Cahners Room. Free to the evening’s BSO concert ticket holders.

Valerie COLEMAN Umoja
(b.1970)
Jessie MONTGOMERY Source Code
(b.1981)
George WALKER Lyric for Strings
(1922-2018)
Anthony R. GREEN Catto’s Courage
(b.1984)  (with performers from Boston String Academy and  Josiah Quincy Elementary School Orchestra Program); "Catto's Courage" by Anthony R. Green was commissioned by The Celebrity Series of Boston Neighborhood Arts Program. It was premiered at More Than Words Bookstore on March 14, 2020 as part of South End Stringfest.

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