Roots at 40 Journeys of the African American Composer in the 20th Century
The television show Roots, based on the book of the same name by Alex Haley, premiered in 1977 and quickly became the most watched TV show of all time. The wrenching story of Kunta Kinte and seven generations of his descendants sparked new debates in post Civil Rights America, where people of color struggled for equality- a struggle that continues in 2017 America. Professor Brittney Yancy, curator of the Alex Haley Collection at Goodwin College, will narrate corresponding music by 20th Century composers of color.
THE PROGRAM Hamza el Din: Escalay for String Quartet and percussion Obo Addy: Wawshishijay for string quartet, percussion, and voice Florence Price: Five Folksongs in Counterpoint George Walker: String Quartet No. 1 with narration by Brittney Yancy
Roots at 40 is made possible in part thanks to a grant from the Edward C. and Ann T. Roberts Foundation.