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The Influence of African-American Spirituals

Soulful and energetic works for violin, cello, and piano by
Burleigh, Dvorak, Still, Coleridge-Taylor, Bonds, and more

February 20-25, 2024

Join us for another special program to help celebrate Black History Month.  This concert highlights the important influence of African-American Spirituals in classical chamber music.  We will perform works by Harry Burleigh and Clarence Cameron White, who were both excellent violinists and among the first to arrange Spirituals for string instruments.  Both men studied at the National Conservatory of Music, our first American Conservatory, which was directed by Antonin Dvorak.  The great Czech composer used these soulful tunes in his “New World Symphony” and also in a Violin Sonata that we will perform.  We will also perform fantastic works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, William Grant Still, and Margaret Bonds.  This is music filled with the pain and anguish of an oppressed people, but also powerful melodies, inspirational themes, and an exciting rhythmic drive. The wonderful Borowsky siblings—Emmanuel on violin and Frances on cello—are back to perform these sadly neglected, but very soulful works of music.

To get a flavor for this powerful and expressive music, please watch the beginning of this incredibly soulful arrangement of “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor by clicking on the link below:




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Tuesday, Feb 20, 2024 @ 7:30pm

Baltimore Hebrew Congregation
7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208

Join us in the Dalsheimer Auditorium at BHC for another wonderful free program in our “MUSIC and MEANING” series at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, made possible with a very generous grant from the Peggy and Yale Gordon Trust.

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Saturday, Feb 24, 2024 @ 2:00pm

Home of Daniel and Kisha Weiser
208 Northway, Baltimore

Join us for another intimate concert in our beautiful Guilford home—-Chamber Music the way it was meant to be heard!  Great food and drink are included and a chance to mingle with the artists and experience chamber music close up and in person.  Seating is limited and reservations are required.  Pay with any major credit card at the link below.  Children are half price—click on the arrow below to get discounted price.  To buy multiple seats, just click on the yellow “Add to Cart” button and you can choose multiple seats on the next screen.  If you prefer to do a credit card over the phone, please call me (Dan) at 802-369-0856.


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Sunday, Feb 25, 2024 @ 2:00pm

Central Presbyterian Church in Towson
7308 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204

We continue our new chamber music concert series at this wonderful venue in Towson with excellent acoustics, a lovely Steinway piano, and a very welcoming atmosphere.  Tickets at the door are $20 for general public, $15 for Church members, and free for children 18 and under.   Get a further 10% discount on all seats by purchasing in advance at the link below.  Click on the arrow next to the price to see the discount price.  To buy multiple seats, just click on the yellow “ADD to CART” button and you can buy as many as you want on the next screen.  All major credit cards are accepted and you do not need to have a PayPal account.  If you prefer to pay over the phone, please call Dan Weiser at 802-369-0856.