To Belong Here: Notes from the African Diaspora

To Belong Here Notes from the African DiasporaA Night at the Oakland East Bay Symphony
With Music Director, Michael Morgan and
Soprano, Shawnette Sulker

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
Symphony No. 1 in G major, Op. 11
Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint Georges, born to a plantation owner and a slave, became a virtuoso violinist and composer—combining the folk songs of his childhood in Guadeloupe with the sounds of Mozart.

Antonio Carlos Gomes
C’era una volta un principe from Il Guarany

William Grant Still
Songs of Separation

Florence Price
Symphony No. 3 in C minor
Florence Price was the first African American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer.

Edward Kennedy (Duke) Ellington
Duke Ellington described his elegy to Harlem: “You may hear a parade go by, or a funeral or you may recognize those who are making Civil Rights demands.”

The Paramount Theatre is a 3,040 seat Art Deco converted movie theater. When it was built in 1931, it was the largest multi-purpose theater on the West Coast. Today, the Paramount is the home of the Oakland Symphony and the Oakland Ballet, and regularly hosts music of many genres as well as other community events. The Oakland Symphony renovated the theatre during the 1970s.

Friday, January 25, 2019, at 8 PM
At the Paramount Theatre
2025 Broadway in Downtown Oakland

Purchase tickets here.

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