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Virtual Concert Hall | Honor and Praise

January 18, 2022 - February 28, 2022


A virtual discussion on the intersection of music, culture, and Black identity featuring an interdisciplinary panel of Black scholars—Dr. Fredara Hadley, ethnomusicologist; Dr. Trevor Weston, composer; and Dr. Raymond Codrington, cultural anthropologist.

This is a special online encore of the event, presented by the New York Philharmonic, Van Cortlandt House Museum, Van Cortlandt Park Alliance, and Bronx Arts Ensemble.
Filmed at the Van Cortlandt House Museum.


Dr. Fredara Hadley

Fredara Mareva Hadley, Ph.D. is an ethnomusicology professor in the Music History Department at The Juilliard School where she teaches courses on ethnomusicology and African American Music. Dr. Hadley has presented her research at universities and conferences both domestic and abroad and has been published in academic journals and other publications. Her commentary is featured in several documentaries including the recently released PBS doc-series, The Black Church, hosted by Professor Henry Louis Gates. Dr. Hadley’s forthcoming book focuses on  the musical impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Trevor Weston

Trevor Weston’s music has been called a “gently syncopated marriage of intellect and feeling.” (Detroit Free Press) Weston’s honors include the George Ladd Prix de Paris from the University of California, Berkeley, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and residencies from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony. Weston co-authored with Olly Wilson, chapter 5 in the Cambridge Companion to Duke Ellington, “Duke Ellington as a Cultural Icon” published by Cambridge University Press. Weston’s work, Juba for Strings won the 2019 Sonori/New Orleans Chamber Orchestra Composition Competition.

Weston’s Flying Fish, co-commissioned by Carnegie Hall for its 125 Commission Project and the American Composers Orchestra, was described as having, “…episodes of hurtling energy, the music certainly suggested wondrous aquatic feats. I was especially affected, though, by an extended slower, quizzical episode with pensive strings and plaintive chords.” (New York Times). The Boston Landmarks Orchestra commissioned Griot Legacies for choir and orchestra, a work created with four innovative arrangements of African American Spirituals. Griot Legacies demonstrates Weston’s “knack for piquant harmonies, evocative textures, and effective vocal writing.” (Boston Globe) The Grammynominated Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street, under the direction of Julian Wachner, recorded Trevor Weston’s choral works. The Bang on a Can All-Stars premiered Weston’s composition Dig It, commissioned by the group for the Ecstatic Music Festival in NYC.

A list of ensembles performing Trevor Weston’s compositions include Roomful of Teeth, The Boston Children’s Chorus, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue Choir, The Starling Chamber Orchestra, Mallarme Chamber Players, The Providence Singers, Chicago Sinfonietta, Seraphic Fire, The Tufts Chamber Chorus, Ensemble Pi, The Amernet String Quartet, The UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus, The Washington Chorus, Trilogy: An Opera Company, and The Manhattan Choral Ensemble. In addition to his creative work, Weston completed the re-orchestration of Florence Price’s Piano Concerto for the Center for Black Music Research in 2010.

Trevor Weston’s musical education began at St. Thomas Choir school in NYC at the age of ten. He received his BA from Tufts University and continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his MA and PhD in music composition. His primary composition teachers were T. J. Anderson, Olly Wilson and Andrew Imbrie and Richard Felciano. Dr. Weston is currently a Professor of Music and Chair of the Music Department at Drew University in Madison, NJ.

Dr. Raymond Codrington

Dr. Raymond Codrington is President and CEO of Weeksville Heritage Center (WHC). He is a cultural anthropologist who holds substantive experience in creating intersections between popular culture and race studies, museum and public engagement, policy analysis, and applied research. Before joining the Weeksville Heritage Center, Raymond was the Executive Director of Hi-ARTS. At Hi-ARTS, he successfully expanded the organization, diversified its donor community, and oversaw notable partnerships with local and national cultural organizations. Before leading Hi-ARTS, he was a Senior Research Associate at the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Community Change policy program.

During his career, Raymond has developed programming focused on urban expressive culture for the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor’s Office of Los Angeles as an independent curator and consultant. He has also held several senior-level roles at prominent cultural institutions, including as founding director of the Julian C. Dixon Institute for Cultural Studies, and curator in the Department of Anthropology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. He was also the Sandy Boyd Postdoctoral Fellow at the Field Museum’s Center for Cultural Understanding and Change.

Raymond studied Government and African-American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his doctorate in anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center. Ray has conducted ethnographic research across the U.S. and U.K., studying race, blackness, equity, Hip-Hop, popular culture, and civic engagement. Raymond lives with his family in Brooklyn.


January 18, 2022
February 28, 2022
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