Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music – Program Two
SEPTEMBER 12, 2020
Saturday at 5:30 PM
Presented by The Orchestra Now, Bard Music Festival, and Bard College Conservatory of Music
Join us at 4:30 PM as Joan Tower hosts a Composer Roundtable with Adolphus Hailstork, Jessie Montgomery, and Alvin Singleton.
A former composer-in-residence of both the Atlanta and Detroit Symphonies, Alvin Singleton is blessed with a “unique musical vision” (ArtsATL), while Adolphus Hailstork, a student of Nadia Boulanger, has accrued a string of honors including Cultural Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia and Distinguished Alumni Award from Manhattan School of Music.
Both men were born in the early 1940s, four decades before Jessie Montgomery. “Turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life” (Washington Post), Montgomery’s music has been recognized with the ASCAP Foundation’s Leonard Bernstein Award, and her current commissions include works for the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall.
Their compositions share the program with the Serenade for Strings by Antonín Dvořák, subject of the 1993 Bard Music Festival, who championed African-American and Native American music as the foundation for a homegrown U.S. musical style.