February 20, 2020

Migration and music: African-American journeys told via strings, woodwinds

A migration from the South, to the West, to the North and back to the South.

Composer-violinist Jessie Montgomery’s “Sergeant McCauley,” which traces the journey of her great-grandfather and others during the African-American migration of the 20th century, will receive its West Coast premiere at a Feb. 22 concert at the Hammer Theatre in San Jose.

The 7:30 p.m. event, titled “(Im)migration: Music of Change,” will feature two classical ensembles, the Catalyst Quartet and the Imani Winds.

Also on the program are “Cane” by Jason Moran, a piece inspired by his Louisiana bayou roots; “Afro Blue,” the noted Afro-Cuban composition penned by Mongo Santamaria in 1959; a Gabriela Frank piece that blends Andean folk music and American classical music called “Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout”; and “Concierto de Camara” by Puerto Rico-born composer Roberto Sierra.

Details: Tickets, $30-$45; the Hammer is at 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose; www.hammertheatre.com.

— Linda Zavoral, Staff

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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