The performance celebrates the sounds of the Harlem Renaissance and will offer a musical portrait of Harlem as expressed by the gifted African-American artists who lived there. The program will feature the music of such legendary jazz artists as Eubie Blake, Duke Ellington, and Billy Strayhorn, with lyrics drawn from the wordsmiths who wrote about life in Harlem with wit and insight, such as Andy Razaf and Noble Sissle. The program will also present song repetoire from the classical composers William Grant Still, Cecil Cohen, and Florence Price, as well as poetry and prose from some of the great writers of the Harlem Renaissance, including Langston Hughes and W.E.B. DuBois.
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