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Samantha Ege and Artina McCain (pianos) - Black Renaissance

Tuesday November 29, 2022 at 19:30
Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London
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  1. Enchantment, for piano - Robert Nathaniel Dett
    • No 1: Incantation
    • No 2: Song of the shrine
    • No 3: Dance of desire
  2. Homage, from Piano Potpourri - Zenobia Powell Perry
  3. Moorish Dance, for piano Op 55 - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
  4. Negro Dance, for piano - Nora Holt
  5. Kaintuck, for piano and orchestra, arranged for 2 pianos - William Grant Still
  6. Concerto for piano and orchestra in one movement, arranged for 2 pianos - Florence Beatrice Smith Price

Pianist Samantha Ege brings her technical mastery and determination to give marginalised composers their rightful voice to a recital focusing on the importance of the 20th century Black Renaissance. The impact of the Black Renaissance, which unfolded in the United States in the first half of the 20th century, is just as significant as other classical music periods, but has been considerably less represented on stage. Tonight the impact of this movement that merged late 19th century romanticism and African and African American folk melodies is fully realised, as 'rare phenomenon' Ege (Seen and Heard International) fills our ears with the glorious sounds of Samuel-Coleridge Taylor, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Nora Holt, Robert Nathaniel Dett and Zenobia Powell Perry.

Fellow pianist Artina McCain joins for a powerful second half of virtuosic two-piano arrangements, which gave Black communities excluded from the mainstream 20th century classical scene the opportunity to showcase their outstanding musicianship.

Milton Court Concert Hall, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Silk Street

Samantha Ege

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