Today is Juneteenth—known as Freedom Day. It is a national holiday commemorating the freedom of all previously enslaved people in the United States on June 19, 1865. We celebrate African American composers and artists throughout the year, every day, in our regular programming. To honor Juneteenth, All Classical Portland has prepared this special, day-long celebration of African American composers, with an exclusive hour at noon featuring African American composers, recognizing their significant contributions to classical music, both in the past and today.
Featured works will include: Duke Ellington’s The Petal of a Rose, Obo Addy’s Our Beginning, Florence Price’s Symphony No.1 in E Minor, Elis Marsalis’ The Fourth Autumn, and many more.
Photo of Elis Marsalis. Photo credit: Frans Schellekens