Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music – Program One

Saturday at 5:30 PM

Presented by The Orchestra Now, Bard Music Festival, and Bard College Conservatory of Music

“Out of the Silence” opens with two works by the great William Grant Still. The first African-American to have a symphony performed by a major U.S. orchestra, and the subject of a 2009 retrospective curated and conducted by Botstein at Lincoln Center, Still is represented by his meditative miniature Out of the Silence, from Seven Traceries and the evocative tone poem Serenade.

Program One also features a piece by one of Nadia Boulanger’s many distinguished students: the elegiac Lyric for Strings by George Walker, the first African-American winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music and “one of the greatest composers of our time” (Fanfare magazine).

The concert concludes with TŌN’s account of the exuberant String Symphony No. 8 by Felix Mendelssohn, subject of the Bard Music Festival’s second season in 1991.


William Grant Still Out of the Silence, from Seven Traceries

William Grant Still Serenade

George Walker Lyric for Strings

Felix Mendelssohn String Symphony No. 8


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Out of Silence: A Celebration of Music

Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music is a series of concerts celebrating the joy of music-making and Bard’s commitment to presenting unjustly neglected works. Programs will feature works by prominent Black composers alongside a selection of pieces from the Bard Music Festival archives, together tracing the history of classical music from the late 18th century to the present and affirming the centrality of music to life and our public culture.

Enjoy this complete concert, with added commentary from Maestro Botstein, on Friday, September 11 at 8 PM on WMHT-FM,  89.1 or 88.7, or online.
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Photo: William Grant Still