Castle of Our Skins Matthew Vera, violin Annie Rabbat, violin Ashleigh Gordon, viola Lev Mamuya, cello Special Guest Student Performers from Project STEP
WHITE (arr. Rita POFIRIS) Spiritual from From the Cotton Fields, Opus 18 PRICE Negro Folksongs in Counterpoint for string quartet TILLIS Spiritual Fantasy No. 12 for string quartet (25 mins) Anthony R. GREEN Catto’s Courage (featuring special guest student performers from Project STEP)
A Spiritual Fantasy highlights African American composers who had a woven connection with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still: Clarence Cameron White was born five years after Coleridge-Taylor and later studied with him; Florence Price was born six years before Grant Still and grew up as neighbors in Arkansas; Frederick Tillis was born the same year audiences first heard Grant Still's Afro-American Symphony. All were greatly influenced by the Negro Spiritual, a truly unique expression of African American strength, resilience, and community. A Spiritual Fantasy explores these themes in music, knowing the same sense of strength, resilience, and community were pivotal forces that inspired civil rights activist Octavius Catto, whose story is told in the BSO's later performance of The Passion of Octavius Catto.