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APR

The Star of Ethiopia: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in DC

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THE STAR OF ETHIOPIA:
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Historic Visits to DC (1904-1908)
Friday, April 20 – Saturday, April 21
All events are FREE.
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FRIDAY, APRIL 20

7 p.m. | FILM SCREENING
McNEIR HALL, NEW NORTH BUILDING
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in America with commentary by
director/producer Charles Kaufmann and Metropolitan AME
Church Historian Thelma Dean Jacobs.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 21

1:30 p.m. | THE SORROW SONGS: Listening from the “Deep
Pine Woods”
GASTON HALL, HEALY BUILDING
A playlet with music directed by Derek Goldman, featuring Helen
Hayes Award-winning actress Erika Rose, along with an
ensemble of professional and student actors as Frederick
Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Mark Twain, Samuel Coleridge-
Taylor, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and others.


2:15 p.m. | PRE-CONCERT DISCUSSION
GASTON HALL, HEALY BUILDING
Featuring members of Georgetown University faculty, including
Prof. Anthony Cook (Law School), Prof. Maurice Jackson (Dept.
of History), Prof. Soyica Colbert (Dept. of Performing Arts), and Prof. Anna Celenza (Department of Performing Arts).


3 p.m. | GU ORCHESTRA CONCERT
GASTON HALL, HEALY BUILDING
The Star of Ethiopia: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor in DC
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, music director
with the participation of the Metropolitan AME Church Chorus
(Marty Lamar, music director)
Antonio Chase, Tenor
Ivan Stefanovic, violin
Steven Mayer, pianist
Joseph Horowitz, script and host
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912) was a black British composer whose sudden fame was as suddenly extinguished after his death. His historic visits to Washington, D.C. — where he explored his African roots and was the toast of the African-American community — were once legendary. GU exhumes this forgotten story of African-American culture, which connects to W. E. B. DuBois, Harry Burleigh, James Rosamond Johnson, Paul Lawrence Dunbar, and others in the Coleridge-Taylor orbit. The program features orchestral and keyboard music by Coleridge-Taylor, Harry Burleigh, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, and Antonín Dvořák. A collaboration with Dumbarton Concerts in its celebration “The Music of Dumbarton” as part of GU/PostClassical Ensemble educational partnership. Post-concert discussion with the artists joined by Prof. Anna Celenza (Music Program), Prof. Anthony Cook (Law School), Prof. Maurice Jackson (Dept. of History), and music historian Joseph Horowitz.

Venue

Gaston Hall