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New York Youth Symphony|New York Youth Symphony - Florence Price: Ethiopia's Shadow in America; Piano Concerto in One Movement • Valerie Coleman: Umoja: Anthem in Unity • Jessie Montgomery: Soul Force

New York Youth Symphony - Florence Price: Ethiopia's Shadow in America; Piano Concerto in One Movement • Valerie Coleman: Umoja: Anthem in Unity • Jessie Montgomery: Soul Force

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In the midst of the COVID pandemic, the remarkably resourceful personnel and musicians of the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), with Music Director Michael Repper, found a way to come together during a time of separation to make their debut recording. Featuring four works by three African American women composers – Florence Price, Valerie Coleman and Jessie Montgomery – the orchestra’s first studio recording includes several premieres.

The release coincides with the 115th anniversary of Price’s birth. Two recordings of works by Florence Price are firsts. Ethiopia's Shadow in America is the first recording of the work by an American orchestra. Her Piano Concerto in One Movement, with soloist Michelle Cann, is the premiere recording of the composer’s newly-discovered original orchestration. Price’s compositional voice blends the African American folk songs and dances of her heritage with the central European Romantic tradition in which she was trained. Her tone poem Ethiopia’s Shadow in America evokes the injustices experienced by people of African descent. Umoja – meaning "unity" in Swahili – by Grammy-nominated flutist, entrepreneur and composer Valerie Coleman originated as a simple song for women’s choir. Its transformation as a work for orchestra – given its first recording here – maintains its feel of a drum circle and sharing of history through a traditional “call and response” form. In her rich and colorful single-movement symphonic work Soul Force, Jessie Montgomery drew on Dr. Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech in which he states, "We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force". © AVIE Records

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1
Ethiopia's Shadow in America: I. The Arrival of the Negro in America When First Brought Here as a Slave
New York Youth Symphony
00:07:21

John Kilgore, MixingEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Judith Sherman, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, StudioProducer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer, ProductionAssistant - Florence Price, Composer - Neal Shaw, AssistantEngineer - Michael Repper, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Joe Cilento, AssistantEngineer - New York Youth Symphony, MainArtist - Isiah Abolin, RecordingEngineer - Teng Shen, AssistantEngineer

(C) 2022 New York Youth Symphony (P) 2022 New York Youth Symphony

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Ethiopia's Shadow in America: II. His Resignation and Faith
New York Youth Symphony
00:03:03

John Kilgore, MixingEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Judith Sherman, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, StudioProducer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer, ProductionAssistant - Florence Price, Composer - Neal Shaw, AssistantEngineer - Michael Repper, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Joe Cilento, AssistantEngineer - New York Youth Symphony, MainArtist - Isiah Abolin, RecordingEngineer - Teng Shen, AssistantEngineer

(C) 2022 New York Youth Symphony (P) 2022 New York Youth Symphony

3
Ethiopia's Shadow in America: III. His Adaptation: A Fusion of His Native and Acquired Impulses
New York Youth Symphony
00:03:19

John Kilgore, MixingEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Judith Sherman, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, StudioProducer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer, ProductionAssistant - Florence Price, Composer - Neal Shaw, AssistantEngineer - Michael Repper, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Joe Cilento, AssistantEngineer - New York Youth Symphony, MainArtist - Isiah Abolin, RecordingEngineer - Teng Shen, AssistantEngineer

(C) 2022 New York Youth Symphony (P) 2022 New York Youth Symphony

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Umoja: Anthem of Unity
New York Youth Symphony
00:13:28

John Kilgore, MixingEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Judith Sherman, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, StudioProducer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer, ProductionAssistant - Valerie Coleman, Composer - Neal Shaw, AssistantEngineer - Michael Repper, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Joe Cilento, AssistantEngineer - New York Youth Symphony, MainArtist - Isiah Abolin, RecordingEngineer - Teng Shen, AssistantEngineer

(C) 2022 New York Youth Symphony (P) 2022 New York Youth Symphony

5
Piano Concerto in One Movement
Michelle Cann
00:17:05

John Kilgore, MixingEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Judith Sherman, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, StudioProducer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer, ProductionAssistant - Florence Price, Composer - Neal Shaw, AssistantEngineer - Michael Repper, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Michelle Cann, MainArtist - Joe Cilento, AssistantEngineer - New York Youth Symphony, MainArtist - Isiah Abolin, RecordingEngineer - Teng Shen, AssistantEngineer

(C) 2022 New York Youth Symphony (P) 2022 New York Youth Symphony

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Soul Force
New York Youth Symphony
00:08:32

John Kilgore, MixingEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Judith Sherman, MasteringEngineer, MixingEngineer, StudioProducer, DigitalEditingEngineer - Jeanne Velonis, MasteringEngineer, DigitalEditingEngineer, ProductionAssistant - Jessie Montgomery, Composer - Neal Shaw, AssistantEngineer - Michael Repper, MainArtist, MixingEngineer - Joe Cilento, AssistantEngineer - New York Youth Symphony, MainArtist - Isiah Abolin, RecordingEngineer - Teng Shen, AssistantEngineer

(C) 2022 New York Youth Symphony (P) 2022 New York Youth Symphony

Album Description

In the midst of the COVID pandemic, the remarkably resourceful personnel and musicians of the New York Youth Symphony (NYYS), with Music Director Michael Repper, found a way to come together during a time of separation to make their debut recording. Featuring four works by three African American women composers – Florence Price, Valerie Coleman and Jessie Montgomery – the orchestra’s first studio recording includes several premieres.

The release coincides with the 115th anniversary of Price’s birth. Two recordings of works by Florence Price are firsts. Ethiopia's Shadow in America is the first recording of the work by an American orchestra. Her Piano Concerto in One Movement, with soloist Michelle Cann, is the premiere recording of the composer’s newly-discovered original orchestration. Price’s compositional voice blends the African American folk songs and dances of her heritage with the central European Romantic tradition in which she was trained. Her tone poem Ethiopia’s Shadow in America evokes the injustices experienced by people of African descent. Umoja – meaning "unity" in Swahili – by Grammy-nominated flutist, entrepreneur and composer Valerie Coleman originated as a simple song for women’s choir. Its transformation as a work for orchestra – given its first recording here – maintains its feel of a drum circle and sharing of history through a traditional “call and response” form. In her rich and colorful single-movement symphonic work Soul Force, Jessie Montgomery drew on Dr. Martin Luther King’s "I Have a Dream" speech in which he states, "We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force". © AVIE Records

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