Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom and Diversity
Juneteenth is known as the oldest celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union Soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with the news that enslaved Black Americans were now free, as the war had ended. This year marks the 155th year of this annual commemoration.
In line with their dedication to equity, diversity and inclusion within the orchestra world, the Dallas Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik have planned an event that honors Juneteenth and features music by some of the greatest African-American composers in the classical repertoire.
The concert will feature soprano Kearstin Piper Brown, baritone Kevin Deas, and harpist Mallory McHenry. The DSO will perform music by prominent Black composers William Grant Still, Adolphus Hailstork, and Harry T. Burleigh, as well as arrangement of traditional spiritual songs.