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.


Jessie Montgomery Strum

Alvin Singleton After Choice

Adolphus Hailstork Sonata da Chiesa

Antonín Dvořák Serenade for Strings


Livestreamed Online

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 18 at 8 PM on WMHT-FM,  89.1 or 88.7, or online.
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Photo: Jessie Montgomery by Jiyang Chen