DEEP RIVER: The Art of the Spiritual

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 7:30pm
The Washington National Cathedral
Location: Washington DC - USA

Kevin Deas, bass-baritone
The Cathedral Choir
150 choristers from the Metropolitan AME Church and area high schools
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor
Written and produced by Joseph Horowitz
Visual track by Peter Bogdanoff

Harry Burleigh (1866-1949) is a forgotten hero of American music. Antonin Dvorak’s assistant in New York City from 1892 to 1895, Burleigh was subsequently the composer/singer most responsible for turning spirituals into art songs. His “Deep River” (1915), a sensation in its day, took an obscure upbeat spiritual and turned it into the reverent song made famous by Burleigh, Marian Anderson, Paul Robeson and countless others.




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