Mar 9, 2023, 10:30am EST
Program Notes & Works
Selections from Montgomery Variations
Dr. King’s peaceful but powerful advocacy for racial justice inspired Bonds to write The Montgomery Variations, a series of meditations on the spiritual “I Want Jesus to Walk with Me.”
You Have the Right to Remain Silent, for clarinet and orchestra
You Have the Right to Remain Silent was composer Anthony Davis's reaction to a traffic stop in which he was mistaken for another Black man and experienced the fear, anger, and aftereffects of that encounter.
Negro Folk Symphony
William Levi Dawson’s Negro Folk Symphony, a major success upon its 1934 premiere, is largely based on Black spirituals, transformed much in the way—as he said—Tchaikovsky and Dvořák had transformed folk music in their symphonies.