The Jeremy Winston Chorale's Black Founders-Inspired Musical PerformanceMay 2023
The Jeremy Winston Chorale joined the Museum on May 12, 2023, to present a concert inspired by the world of our special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia. The performance included the world premiere of "Man of Colour," a new choral work by composer and artistic director Jeremy Winston in honor of the exhibition. Sharon Coleman from Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church introduced the premiere and its historical context for James Forten’s Philadelphia.
Featuring nearly two dozen Chorale members, the concert celebrated the inspiring story of free Black Philadelphian James Forten and explore Philadelphia’s rich music history and its global connections. With storytelling and instrumental accompaniment, the concert included choral works composed by Forten’s famous contemporary, Francis “Frank” Johnson, including “The Grave of a Slave,” which sets poetry by Forten’s daughter, Sarah L. Forten, to music.
This program was made possible by Carole Haas Gravagno and The Pennsylvania Abolition Society.
- Amazing Grace - Traditional
- Steal Away - Traditional
- Swing Low, Sweet Chariot - Traditional
- The Grave of the Slave - Francis Johnson
- O Turn Thy Mournful Eyes - Francis Johnson
- American Girl - Francis Johnson
- Man of Colour - Jeremy Winston (world premiere)
- Lift Every Voice and Sing - Roland Carter
- In Bright Mansions Above - Roland Carter
- I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart - Moses Hogan
- The Battle of Jericho - Moses Hogan
- Total Praise - Richard Smallwood
- Oh Happy Day
Ja’Nel Ishmel, Arlecia Smith, Jacqueline Smith, Amanda Stollings, Amber Zanders
Anne Bragg, Shyanne Clark, Crystal Freeman, Natalie Gilliam, Candace Potts, Taylor Young
Kenneth Alston, P. Nathaniel Boe, Jr., Lavonte Heard, Audi Johnson, Adrian Lewis
Clarence Bell, Larry Boggs, Jonathon Cummings, Antonio Hammett, Jordan Shores
Dr. Lloyd Mallory, Accompanist
About The Jeremy Winston Chorale
The Jeremy Winston Chorale International was founded in 2012 by prolific musician Jeremy Winston. Comprised of vocal powerhouses and hidden gems from across America, this outstanding ensemble has made an indelible mark in the music community as one of the nation’s foremost ambassadors of professional choral music. A true example of musical exceptionalism, the Chorale is adept at performing all genres of music — including the classics of the masters, the negro spirituals, gospel, and popular music — with commanding accuracy and musicianship.
The Chorale’s inaugural performance at the World Choir Games, the world’s largest choral competition, earned them a gold medal for Best Gospel Choir and silver medals for Mixed Chorus (Classical Music) and Spirituals. Since then, the Chorale has performed innumerable times across the U.S., including for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at The White House in 2012 and 2015. In 2019, The Chorale presented a Black history concert at the home of the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia in Bogota, Colombia, where they were greeted with a warm message from Colombia’s president. Then, in 2015, The Chorale embarked on its first international tour, with dates across Germany, France, and Czech Republic. The tour was received with overwhelming enthusiasm by concertgoers and critics alike.
The Chorale is constantly supporting and amplifying its members’ careers by connecting them with world-class musical organizations, like the award-winning Medellin Symphonic Orchestra and the Czech National Symphony Jazz Ensemble, whom the Chorale collaborates with frequently. Additionally, the Chorale sponsors a scholarship for students studying music at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Most recently, in July 2022, the Chorale released its critically-acclaimed debut album Black Church, hailed by many as a masterpiece celebrating the artistic ingenuity and contribution of the American Black Church. It is currently available to stream on all popular platforms. Visit the website for the latest news and information about upcoming performances.