H+H will give the world premiere of a commission by Jonathan Woody based on themes of Ignatius Sancho. Born on a ship carrying enslaved people in the Atlantic, Sancho was sold into slavery in the Spanish colony of New Grenada, later making it to England to become a business owner, writer, composer, and the first Black man to vote in a British election. Woody, an acclaimed bass-baritone as well as a highly regarded composer, has performed across the globe and H+H is proud to commission this new work. The program also will include music that inspired, or was inspired by, other compositions: Geminiani’s Concerto Grosso after Corelli, Op. 5, No. 5 in G Minor and Wassenaer’s Concerto Armonico No. 2 in B-flat Major, reputedly some of the origin material for Stravinksy’s Pulcinella.
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April 18 + 20, 2021
Jonathan Woody: Suite for String Orchestra after the works of Charles Ignatius Sancho
Geminiani: Concerto Grosso after Corelli, Op. 5, No. 5 in G Minor
Wassenaer: Concerto Armonico No. 2 in B-flat Major
Aisslinn Nosky, director