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Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Juneteenth Celebration

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Schuster Center June 17, 2022 8:00 pm
Schuster Center June 18, 2022 8:00 pm

Experience The Dayton Philharmonic for a Juneteenth Celebration honoring Paul Laurence Dunbar, prominent African American influencers of the classical form, and the journey for freedom during the Civil War.


Traditional (arr. Hale Smith) Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing
Gould American Salute
Ives The St. Gaudens in Boston Common
William Grant Still Afro-American Symphony, “Humor” with Dunbar’s poem, “An Ante-Bellum Sermon”°
Adolphus Hailstork Common Ground: The Awakening*
Copland A Lincoln Portrait°
Cook (arr. Berens) Selections from In Dahomey
George Walker Lyric for Strings with Dunbar’s poem, “Sympathy”°
Traditional (arr. Bonds) He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands*
Still (arr. Neal Gittleman) Here’s One*
Traditional (arr. Johnson) Ride On, King Jesus*
Glenn Jones My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord†*
Richard Smallwood (arr. Neal Gittleman) Anthem of Praise†
Traditional (arr. Anita Watkins-Stevens) And He Blessed My Soul†*
Richard Smallwood (arr. Neal Gittleman) Total Praise†
Traditional (arr. Tim Berens) If My Jesus Wills/We Shall Overcome†

About the Concert

The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the sesquicentennial anniversary (150 years) of the birth of Paul Laurence Dunbar, acclaimed African-American poet born in Dayton, OH, to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky prior to the civil war. Classical meets gospel as the DPO performs a beautiful program of music honoring America’s long march towards a more perfect union.

Featured Artists

Neal Gittleman, Conductor
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Community Choir, Directed by Dr. William Henry Caldwell†
Minnita Daniel Cox, Soprano*
Herb Martin, Narrator°