2017 Program: Let the Knowing Speak

 January 28 and 29, 2017 3pm

Eastside College Preparatory School Performing Arts Center

 Featuring music by:                                          


Pianist: Josephine Gandolfi (Picasso Ensemble), Valerie Capers
Soprano: Yolanda Rhodes
Tenor: Othello Jefferson
Vocalist/Pianist: LaDoris Cordell, Deanne Tucker
Violinist: Susan C. Brown (Picasso Ensemble)
Cellist: Victoria Ehrlich (Picasso Ensemble)
Bassist: John H. Robinson III
Percussion: Jim Kassis
Trombone: John Monroe
Trumpet: John Worley
Clarinetist: Carol A. Somersille
Saxophone: Oscar Pangilinan
Bassoon: Douglas Brown
Flute: Stephanie McNab
Dancers: Modern Dancers of Eastside College Preparatory School, Morgan Mallory, Director

Margaret Bonds
Dr. Valerie Capers
John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie
Jacqueline Butler Hairston
Joshua McGhee
Zenobia Powell Perry
Florence B. Price
John Robinson III
Robert Henry “Bobby” Timmons
Dolores White


Click here for Complete concert video and narration or listen to individual pieces – click on titles below.

Opening Scene from Tawawa House
Zenobia Powell Perry
Modern Dancers of Eastside College Preparatory School,
choreography by the students, with the assistance of Morgan Mallory
Jim Kassis and Deanne Tucker, Conga Drums
2. “Let the Knowing Speak” (excerpt)
Yolanda Rhodes, LaDoris Cordell, Deanne Tucker, and Othello Jefferson
Four Arias based on Spirituals from Tawawa House
Zenobia Powell Perry
Yolanda Rhodes and Othello Jefferson, soloists
LaDoris Cordell and Deanne Tucker, descant
Josephine Gandolfi and LaDoris Cordell, pianists
Troubled Water, for cello and piano
Margaret Bonds
Excerpt from Wade in the Water (Spiritual) sung by Yolanda Rhodes
(piano part adapted for duet by Josephine Gandolfi)
Victoria Ehrlich, LaDoris Cordell and Josephine Gandolfi
Solo piano music
Zenobia Powell Perry
Orchestral Music from Tawawa House, adapted for duet by J.G.
Deanne Tucker and Josephine Gandolfi, piano
My Dream (poem by Langston Hughes)
Florence Price
Yolanda Rhodes and Josephine Gandolfi
Introduction to Tapestry by Valerie Capers
Tapestry (2016)
Valerie Capers
(Inspired by the Jazz Poetry of Langston Hughes)
 II: “SALON” (A la Ragtime)
 IV: “SERMONETTE” (Preacher Man)
Susan C. Brown, Victoria Ehrlich, Stephanie McNab,
Carol Somersille, Oscar Pangilinan, Douglas Brown, John Monroe, John Worley, Valerie Capers, Josephine Gandolfi, John Robinson, Jim Kassis
Bobby Timmons
Valerie Capers, John Robinson, Jim Kassis
Introduction to Disco-cioso by John Robinson
Disco-cioso (2016) (for Picasso Ensemble)
John Robinson
John Robinson, Susan C. Brown, Victoria Ehrlich, and Josephine Gandolfi
Night in Tunisia
Dizzy Gillespie
Oscar Pangilinan, John Worley, John Monroe,
Valerie Capers, Jim Kassis, John Robinson
Guide My Feet (Spiritual)
Jacqueline Hairston
Yolanda Rhodes and Josephine Gandolfi
Let God Bring Tomorrow (2016)
Joshua McGhee
Susan C. Brown, Victoria Ehrlich, Stephanie McNab,
Douglas Brown, Josephine Gandolfi
Give Birth to the Dream
Dolores White
Text from the poem “On the Pulse of Morning” by Maya Angelou
Yolanda Rhodes, Othello Jefferson,
LaDoris Cordell, and Jim Kassis, orchestral chimes
We Shall Overcome