The Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s free diversity series entitled “Connect &
Celebrate: New Traditions” continues in January with a WNIN livestream performance on Thursday, January 21 at 6 PM (CT). The livestream performance will be available with a link, promoted on the EPO website and EPO social media sites. Limited availability.

The Eykamp String Quartet members, (Alan Snow and Jia Rong Gan, Violin; Mark Hatlestad Principal Viola; and Graham Cullen, Cello will perform two movements from String Quartet in G minor, Op 1, No. 3 by Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, String Quartet No. 1, II Molto Adagio by George Walker, Southern Harmony, II Reel Time by Jennifer Higdon ,Five Folksongs in Counterpoint by Florence B. Price, and Puente Trans-Arábico by Ricardo Lorenz during the virtual event.

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges (b. Guadeloupe, December 25, 1745 – June 12, 1799) was a classical composer, virtuoso violinist, a conductor of the leading symphony orchestra in Paris. He was the son of George Bologne de Saint-Georges, a wealthy married planter and his wife's African slave. When he was young, his father took him to France, where he was educated. Chevalier de Saint-Georges is best remembered as the first known classical composer of African ancestry. He composed numerous string quartets and other instrumental pieces, as well as operas.

George Walker (b. Washington, D.C. June 27, 1922 - August 23, 2018) emigrated from Kingston, Jamaica with his father to the United States. His mother, Rosa King, supervised his first piano lessons when he was five years old. He was the first black instrumentalist to be signed by a major management, the National Concert Artists. In 1956, he became the first black recipient of a doctoral degree from Eastman School of Music. As a composer, Walker's music was influenced by a wide variety of musical styles due to his exposure to the music of Chopin, Brahms, Beethoven, jazz, folk songs, and church hymns and in 1996, he became the first black composer to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Music.

Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, December 31, 1962) is one of America's most acclaimed and most frequently performed living composers. She has is a major figure in contemporary Classical music, receiving the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her Violin Concerto, a 2010 Grammy for her Percussion Concerto and a 2018 Grammy for her Viola Concerto, and a 2020 Grammy for her Harp Concerto. Her works have been recorded on more than sixty CDs, and her Percussion Concerto
recording was recently inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Higdon's first opera, Cold Mountain, won the prestigious International Opera Award for Best World Premiere. Dr. Higdon holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Florence Beatrice Price (b. Little Rock, AK, April 9, 1887– June 3, 1953) was an African American classical composer, pianist, organist and music teacher. Even though her training was steeped in European tradition, Price's music consists of mostly the American idiom and reveals her Southern roots. Price began to incorporate elements of African American spirituals, emphasizing the rhythm and syncopation of the spirituals rather than just using the text. Her melodies were blues-inspired and mixed with more traditional, European Romantic techniques. Price is noted as the first African American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra.

Ricardo Lorenz (b. Venezuela, May 24, 1961) has served as Composer-in-Residence in several programs and presenting organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Armonía Musicians Residency Program. Although Ricardo Lorenz has resided in the United States since 1982, he has always maintained close ties with Latin America. His compositions have received praise for their fiery orchestrations, harmonic sophistication, and rhythmic vitality. Lorenz’s orchestral compositions have been performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Dayton Philharmonic among others. Lorenz holds a Ph.D. degree in composition from The University of Chicago and a Master of Music degree from Indiana University.

This program is offered through “Accessing the Arts Anywhere," sponsored by Toyota.