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Cap your week off by spending a Friday evening enjoying the beautiful music of the Oakland Symphony at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland.
To Belong Here: Notes from the African Diaspora includes works from Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint George; Florence Prince; and Duke Ellington. Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint George, born to a plantation owner and a slave, became a virtuoso violinist and composer; combining the folk songs of his childhood in Guadeloupe with the sounds of Mozart. Florence Prince was the first African American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer. Duke Ellington described his elegy to Harlem: “You may hear a parade go by, or a funeral, or you may recognize those who are making Civil Rights demands.”
Soprano Shawnette Sulker is featured.
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