Henry Thacker “Harry” Burleigh

Event Info

WWFM The Classical Network presents “Deep River: The Art of the Spiritual,” featuring the Washington-based PostClassical Ensemble and Princeton University Music Department performance faculty bass-baritone Kevin Deas, live in concert Friday Feb. 16 at 8 pm at Princeton Theological Seminary’s Miller Chapel. 

About the Artist:

The concert will be broadcast live as part of WWFM’s PostClassical concert broadcast series and will be hosted by WWFM host David Osenberg as well as PostClassical Ensemble’s co-founders – Music Director Angel Gil-Ordonez and the music historian Joseph Horowitz. The program will focus on the work of Henry Thacker “Harry” Burleigh, an African-American classical composer, arranger and professional singer.

A student of Antonín Dvořák, Burleigh introduced the composer to African American spirituals and helped introduce them to a broader audience through his own arrangements and compositions. The program will include performances of Burleigh’s work, including his arrangements of “Deep River,” as well as a discussion of Burleigh’s work and influences.

This concert is free and open to the public.  Due to the live broadcast nature of this concert, the audience is requested to be in their seats no later than 7:50 pm.