Margaret Bonds & Langston Hughes: A Musical Friendship

Friday, September 23, 2016

  • 10:30 a.m.: PANEL DISCUSSION | Murray Room, Lauinger Library (5th floor)
    Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes: A Musical Friendship
    Featuring talks by
    Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music Dr. Anna Celenza, Georgetown University
    and Dr. Tammy L. Kernodle, Professor of Music, Miami University in Ohio 
  • A luncheon will directly follow the panel (RSVP required ). Viewing of  two exhibitions curated by Prof. Celenza:
    Margaret Bonds: Composer and Activist Lauinger Library exhibition, Leon Robbin Gallery

    Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes: A Musical Friendship—Lauinger Library exhibition, Special Collections Gallery

  • 1:15 p.m. FRIDAY MUSIC SERIES CONCERT | McNeir Hall, New North Building
    The annual Friday Music Series collaboration between the University Library and the Music Program will feature Margaret Bonds’ musical settings of texts by Langston Hughes, including some unpublished and until now presumed lost works, followed by a Q&A with the performers.

Marlissa Hudson, soprano
Marvin Mills, piano
with readings by Georgetown University students


Solo piano:
Overture to Simon Bore the Cross (GU owns only known copy of music)
Troubled Water
Three Miniatures of Uncle Joe (GU owns only known copy of music)

Solo voice and piano:
“The Negro Speaks of Rivers” lyrics by L Hughes
Three Dream Portraits  lyrics by L Hughes
1 “Minstrel Man”
2 “Dream Variation”
3 “I, Too”
“Mary had a Little Baby” from Ballad of the Brown King  lyrics by L Hughes
“Note on Commercial Theatre” (GU owns only known copy of words and music) lyrics by L Hughes

“Dry Bones” spiritual
“Lord, I Just Can’t Keep from Cryin’” spiritual
“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hand” spiritual