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Black Renaissance: Music, Lives and Legacy

Samantha Ege

Samantha Ege standing on the Barbican's Lakeside Terrace

Pianist Samantha Ege brings her technical mastery and determination to give marginalised composers their rightful voice to a recital focusing on the importance of the 20th-century Black Renaissance.

The impact of the Black Renaissance, which unfolded in the United States in the first half of the 20th century, is just as significant as other classical music periods, but has been considerably less represented on stage. Tonight the impact of this movement that merged late nineteenth-century romanticism and African and African American folk melodies is fully realised, as 'rare phenomenon' Ege (Seen and Heard International) fills our ears with the glorious sounds of Samuel-Coleridge Taylor, Florence Price, William Grant Still, Nora Holt, Robert Nathaniel Dett and Zenobia Powell Perry. 

Fellow pianist Artina McCain joins for a powerful second half of virtuosic two-piano orchestral arrangements, which gave Black communities excluded from the mainstream 20th-century classical scene the opportunity to showcase their outstanding musicianship.

This performance will end at approximately 9.15pm, including a 20-minute interval.

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