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Casual Friday: André Raphel conducts Still and Caine with the Uri Caine Trio, Barbara Walker, vocalist, and Catto Chorus

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Hall, Boston, MA

American conductor André Raphel leads this first program in a series exploring complex social issues. The centerpiece of these concerts is Philadelphia jazz pianist and composer Uri Caine’s gospel and popular music-based The Passion of Octavius Catto, which tells of the 19th-century civil rights leader’s fight for justice. In four movements, “Longing,” “Sorrow,” “Humor,” and “Aspiration,” William Grant Still’s 1930 Afro-American Symphony, his best-known work, is a blues-tinged panorama of the composer’s heritage.

After the performance, Uri Caine and André Raphel will take questions from the audience. See what else makes this Casual Friday concert special >

Festival: Voices of Loss, Reckoning, and Hope is supported by the generosity of the Elinor V. Crawford Living Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.

Support for these performances of “The Passion of Octavius Catto” has been generously provided by Vita L. Weir and Edward Brice, Jr., and Pamela Everhart and Karl Coiscou.

Andre Raphel, conductor
Uri Caine Trio
Uri Caine, piano
Mike Boone, bass
Clarence Penn, drums
Barbara Walker, vocalist
Catto Chorus

STILL Symphony No. 1, Afro-American

Uri CAINE The Passion of Octavius Catto

Loud sound warning: Please be advised that, in our performances of The Passion of Octavius Catto, a starter’s pistol will be fired several times as a sound effect about 25 minutes into the piece.

Andre Raphael in front of a black background

Performance Details

Mar 3, 2023, 8:00pm EST

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