Music of African American Composers: The Story Retold

Sunday, January 27, 2013 3 pm

Eastside College Preparatory School Performing Arts Center

The Eastside Preparatory School Choir, David Chaidez, Director
Jansen Verplank, keyboard
Yolanda Rhodes, soprano
LaDoris Cordell, Deanne Tucker, vocalist/pianists
Josephine Gandolfi, pianist, Picasso Ensemble
Susan C. Brown, violinist, Picasso Ensemble
Victoria Ehrlich, cellist, Picasso Ensemble
Carol Somersille, clarinetist
with guest artists
Valerie Capers, pianist/composer
John Robinson III, bass, recorder
John Neves, drums
I. “Love’s in Need of Love Today” by Stevie Wonder
Eastside Preparatory School Choir, David Chaidez, Director, Jansen Verplank, keyboard, Yolanda Rhodes, Deanne Tucker, and LaDoris Cordell, back-up vocals
II. Portraits in Jazz by Valerie Capers
Adaptations from the original piano solos
1. Bossa Brasilia
2. Ella Scats the Little Lamb
Piano Variations on “Ella Scats the Little Lamb” by John Robinson III (adapted for piano duet by J.G.)
LaDoris Cordell and Josephine Gandolfi
1. Variation 1
2. Variation 6
3. Variation 7
III. Three settings: a Paul Lawrence Dunbar poem, two Spirituals
Sunset by Zenobia Powell Perry
De Angels Done Bowed Down by Zenobia Powell Perry
Wait Til I Put On My Crown by Lena McLin
Yolanda Rhodes, soprano, Gandolfi, Cordell, and Tucker, piano
IV. Variations on an African American Spiritual by Joshua McGhee
Prelude (cello and piano)
Nocturne (violin and piano)
Spiritual Piece (folk song) (violin, cello and piano)
Picasso Ensemble
V. Abbey Lincoln Poetry and Music - jazz songs
Bird Alone, words and music by Abbey Lincoln
Rainbow, words by Abbey Lincoln, music by Melba Liston
LaDoris Cordell, singer, Valerie Capers, piano, John Robinson, bass, John Neves, percussion, Susan C. Brown, violin, Victoria Ehrlich, cello

New settings of Abbey Lincoln texts by Valerie Capers
Bird Alone
Yolanda Rhodes, soprano and Josephine Gandolfi, piano
VI. Music for solo piano
Azuretta by Regina Baiocchi
Glaciers by Dolores White
Flight by Zenobia Powell Perry
Deanne Tucker, piano
VII. “Afro-American Suite” by Undine Smith Moore
1. Nobody Knows the Trouble I See, Lord
2. I Heard the Preaching of the Elder
3. Who is that Yonder?
4. Shout All Over God’s Heaven
Picasso Ensemble
VIII. Bye Bye Blackbird, song by Ray Henderson, arranged by Valerie Capers, featuring John Robinson, recorder
IX. Still – Scherzo from Afro-American Symphony
arranged for two pianos by the composer and his wife, Verna Arvey; adapted for duet by J.G.
LaDoris Cordell and Josephine Gandolfi, piano
X. I Got Rhythm, based on a tune by Gershwin, arranged for jazz trio by Valerie Capers
XI. Company Finale: Gershwin – I Got Rhythm, arranged by Valerie Capers