“Spirit of the Season” concert marks first collaboration between Orchestra and Shiloh Temple, featuring Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” among other works
Associate Conductor Roderick Cox will lead the Minnesota Orchestra in a debut performance at Minneapolis’ Shiloh Temple International Ministries on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 5 p.m. This first-of-its-kind “Spirit of the Season” concert will open with Shiloh Temple singers, dancers and drummers performing holiday music, and will then feature Cox leading the Minnesota Orchestra in powerful performances of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Danse Nègre and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah.
The concert will be held at Shiloh Temple International Ministries, located at 1201 West Broadway Avenue North, Minneapolis, at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 11. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; more information is available at shilohtemple.com or minnesotaorchestra.org.
“We were honored when Bishop Richard Howell invited the Minnesota Orchestra to perform at Shiloh Temple,” said Minnesota Orchestra President and CEO Kevin Smith. “It’s a really wonderful opportunity for us to share classical music and build bridges beyond Orchestra Hall.” The invitation grew out of a brainstorming session attended by Bishop Howell and other African American leaders earlier this fall to explore opportunities for introducing Associate Conductor Roderick Cox to the greater African American community in the Twin Cities.
“The time is right for a concert like this,” said Bishop Howell, who has served as the pastor of Shiloh Temple International Ministries since 1984. “We are proud to host the Minnesota Orchestra, led by Roderick Cox. For our young people, especially, who may aspire to advance in the music field, we need to be inspired and see examples of people of color who can help give hope to their dreams. Mostly we want to appreciate and celebrate together the great artists we have in our community.”
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION
The concert will open with a celebratory showcase of Shiloh Temple singers, dancers and choirs offering Christmas music. Following intermission, Roderick Cox and the Minnesota Orchestra will take the stage to perform Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Danse Nègre from his African Suite and Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony. Dvořák wrote this symphony while he traveled in America in the 1890s and was inspired by Native American music and African American spirituals; fittingly, at this performance a Shiloh choir will perform a gospel arrangement of the “Goin’ Home” theme that has become one of the most famous melodies from the New World Symphony. The evening will conclude with a sing-along version of Handel’s glorious “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah, featuring the joined forces of the Minnesota Orchestra, Shiloh choirs and the audience.
“We want this evening to be a tremendous celebration of music,” said Roderick Cox, who programmed the Orchestra’s selections for the concert. “We chose Dvořák’s New World Symphony because it is a work that celebrates new beginnings. For Dvořák, the symphony also celebrates his travels in America, where he marveled at our cultural diversity. He incorporated Native American and African American musical elements into the piece, believing that this was the ‘future music’ of America.”
“I’m excited that we will combine the Dvořák symphony with a work by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, a composer of African and English descent, who lived during Dvořák’s time,” continued Cox. “The concert at Shiloh Temple will mark the first time the Minnesota Orchestra has ever played Coleridge-Taylor’s Danse Nègre.”
Roderick Cox was named the Minnesota Orchestra’s associate conductor in September 2016, following a year in which he served as the ensemble’s assistant conductor. A native of Macon, Georgia, Cox earned a master of music degree in conducting from Northwestern University in Illinois and previously served as assistant conductor of the Alabama Symphony. In September, Cox led concerts—hosted by Google—as part of the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.
The Grammy Award-winning Minnesota Orchestra is recognized as one of America’s leading orchestras. Making its home at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, it performs nearly 175 concerts each year, with 300,000 attending. It is heard internationally through award-winning recordings, radio broadcasts and tours, including a historic 2015 tour to Cuba and a critically-acclaimed European tour in 2016. The Orchestra first performed Dvořák’s New World Symphony in December 1903—just a month after the Orchestra was founded.
SPIRIT OF THE SEASON CONCERT
with Shiloh Temple International Ministries and the Minnesota Orchestra
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 5 p.m. / Shiloh Temple International Ministries, Minneapolis
Roderick Cox, conductor
Shiloh Temple Drummer Boys, Spoken Word, Dance Ministry, and Choir and Praise Team
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR Danse Nègre from African Suite
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9, From the New World
DVOŘÁK /arr. Abels “Goin’ Home,” arranged for Gospel Choir
HANDEL “Hallelujah Chorus,” from Messiah
This first-of-its-kind concert opens with a dramatic showcase of Shiloh Temple singers, dancers and drummers offering celebratory Christmas music. Following intermission, the Minnesota Orchestra and Associate Conductor Roderick Cox perform Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Danse Nègre from his African Suite and Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, while a Shiloh choir performs a gospel arrangement of “Goin’ Home.” The evening concludes with a sing-along performance of Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah, featuring the joined forces of the Minnesota Orchestra, Shiloh choirs and the audience.
This performance is free; no tickets required. First come, first served.
Gwen Pappas, Director of Public Relations
Emma Plehal, Public Relations Writer and Coordinator