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Mother Music: How African-American Spirituals Shaped American Musical Styles

Time: March 10, 2020, 12:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Location: Hendricks Chapel

Part of the Syracuse Symposium

Part of the Syracuse Symposium series.

Sponsored in part by the CNY Humanities Corridor

Sponsored by the CNY Humanities Corridor

Everett McCorvey (University of Kentucky)

McCorvey, director of the American Spiritual Ensemble, presents a lecture recital that outlines the history and context of the negro spiritual and focuses on the way in which American musicians adapted the musical forms and melodic content of spirituals to create genres of jazz, blues, and gospel. The lecture includes live musical demonstrations by the American Spiritual Ensemble and excerpts from a PBS documentary that focuses on the group and the spiritual genre.

Additional supporters:

  • Hendricks Chapel
  • Setnor School of Music, College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Central New York Humanities Corridor, Distinguished Visiting Collaborator initiative
  • Esther Drake and John Vincent Malmgren Endowment

Anne Laver, VPA / School of Music