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“Deep River” was the iconic American spiritual after World War I, a favorite of Paul Robeson, Marian Anderson, and countless others. But its fame was recent—and originated with hypnotic solo and choral versions created by Harry Burleigh. Once Antonin Dvorák’s African-American assistant, Burleigh played a decisive role in turning spirituals into art songs. This program, in tribute to Burleigh, explores how spirituals triumphed in the concert hall. Featuring narration, historic films and recordings, and performances by distinguished interpreters, the history of "Deep River" comes to life over the course of this one-of-a-kind program.
Peter Bogdanoff, video artistScripted and directed by Joseph Horowitz
Co-produced and co-presented with PostClassical Ensemble