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Black Renaissance in the USA and Caribbean

13 Sep 2021, 7.30pm

+ Panel discussion at 6.30pm

The Warehouse

13, Theed Street, Waterloo, London, SE1 8ST

£15 | £12 Concessions


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'There are concerts that make you realise what you've been missing... The first half of Thursday's Lontano concert at St John's, Smith Square, provided the answer.'

The Independent

Mezzo soprano, Simone Ibbett-Brown, sings settings by the African-American poet Langston Hughes in works by Margaret Bonds and Florence Price. Afro-Cuban poet Nicolas Guillén’s poems also were greatly influenced by the Negritude (Blackness) movement begun by Langston Hughes in Harlem, a movement that reached Europe and the Caribbean. Ibbett-Brown joins Lontano to give the world premiere of Odaline de la Martinez’s Four Afro Cuban Poems by Nicolas Guillén. The programme also features other contemporary works by Fred Lerdahl and Augusta Read Thomas, winner of the Ernst von Siemens Composer’s Prize in 2000.

Pre-Concert Panel at 6.30pm

Pre-concert panel on the Black Renaissance in the US and abroad, with Joan Anim Addo. 


Margaret Bonds Three Dream Portraits by Langston Hughes

Augusta Read Thomas Dream Catcher* 


Odaline de la Martínez Four Afro-Cuban Poems by Nicolas Guillén**

Fred Lerdahl Three Diatonic Studies*

Florence Price Four SongsFantasy in PurpleForeverSong to the Dark Virgin

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*UK Premiere

**World Premiere



Simone Ibbett-Brown mezzo soprano

Caroline Balding violin

Dominic Saunders piano

SNEAK PEEK! Caroline Balding performs 'Rustico' from Improvisations for Solo Violin by Odaline de la Martínez

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