Spirituals: A Medley

Spirituals: A Medley
William Grant Still

Akron Symphony musicians offer a virtual video recording of six spirituals arranged and orchestrated by William Grant Still. This performance is one portion of our larger 2021 Gospel Meets Symphony programming, and is part of a multilayered ASO project exploring the legacy of the Negro Spirituals. These six spirituals are excerpted from a larger work, Spirituals: A Medley, which may be receiving their first-ever recordings with this project.

Soloists are: Jody Guinn, principal harp; Brenda Hanna Justice, soprano, and Pastor Henry Payden, baritone.

On June 19, 2021—as part of Akron’s Juneteenth Celebration—the Symphony will perform a number of these spirituals at Lock 3 in downtown Akron. One additional movement will be performed on that occasion by soprano Dione Parker Bennett.

This virtual recording was made by compiling self-recorded videos made by each musician individually at home. The resulting audio and video files were edited together by composer, arranger, violinist, and longtime contributor to Akron Symphony projects, David Kempers. Our deepest thanks to all who contributed to this performance.

By kind permission of William Grant Still Music.

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William Grant Still

Motherless Child
Arranged by William Grant Still
Jody Guinn, principal harp

Jesus is a Rock
Arranged by William Grant Still

Were You There
Arranged by William Grant Still
Brenda Hanna Justice, soprano

What a Morning
Arranged by William Grant Still

Deep River
Arranged by William Grant Still
Pastor Henry Payden, baritone

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