Intersection is honored to partner with Fisk University and Choral Arts Link to launch a new community celebration that honors the life of Dr. King and the many heroes of the Civil Rights Movement. Through music, spoken word and song we will recognize that while Dr. King was indeed the face of a great social protest, many people “orchestrated” strategies, meetings, sought resources and fought for justice. And, that these unsung heroes, worthy of celebration, were indeed the wind beneath Dr. King’s wings.
John Rosamond Johnson: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Rollo Dilworth: Hold Fast to Dreams
Arr. Dave Ragland: Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
Jessie Montgomery: 12 Moods
Arr. John W. Work III: Way Over in Egypt Land
Dave Ragland: Zion’s Walls
John W. Work III: Trilogy of Three Spirituals
Tim Sharp & Joshua Carter: Freedom is Coming
Kelly Corcoran, Conductor
MET Singers, Margaret Campbelle-Holman, Director
Fisk Jubilee Singers, Paul Kwami, Director
Diaspora, Dave Ragland Director,
Gwendolyn Brown, Contralto
Intersection will continue its partnership with Fisk University and Choral Arts Link with this program that gives voice to the cultural experiences of each composer and the communities they come from. For example, Jonathan Bailey Holland’s “His House is Not of This Land” refers to the speech patterns found in African-American Baptist Churches. Daniel Bernard Roumain’s “Fast Black Dance Machine” combines contemporary classical music with a multicolored spectrum of contemporary black popular music, blending flunk, rock, and hip-hop.
The dominant voices of classical music in the United States have limited diversity with an under-representation of African-American composers. Intersection and its partners are committed to creating a future that represents, promotes, and celebrates the diversity of voices of experiences creating music. Intersection seeks to make an impact for musicians, composers, and audiences that will serve as a catalyst for broader perspectives and increased opportunities.
Alternate ROOTS, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, The Ford Foundation, the Surdna Foundation and
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Gary Powell Nash: Mountain Rhapsody
Gary Powell Nash: Bounce for Bass Clarinet and Drum Set
Jonathan Bailey Holland - His House is Not of This Land (2015)
Jonathan Bailey Holland: Tracing Lines (2012)
Daniel Bernard Roumain: Fast Black Dance Machine