The Peabody Post

Friedheim Library Digitizes Audio Recordings from 1984 National Black Music Theater Symposium

The Friedheim Library has recently digitized the audio recordings of three 1984 concerts featuring works by Black composers. The three-day National Black Music Theater Symposium was held at Peabody in February 1984 as a co-production of the Peabody Institute and Morgan State University. The Peabody Chamber Orchestra and the Choral Ensemble of Morgan State presented the opera “Ernestine” by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, in its first performance since 1777, with a lead performance by Prep alumna Yvette Matthews. Stanley Thurston conducted the Fernando Allen Singers in songs by James Bland and a world premiere of a Will Marion Cook arrangement. Visiting baritone Ben Holt performed songs with pianist Cliff Jackson. Recordings are now available in Peabody’s streaming collections.

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