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Celebrating the Julia Perry Centenary

Released March 1 on Bright Shiny Things

Violinist Curtis Stewart and conductor James Blachly of the Grammy-award winning Experiential Orchestra on their world premiere of the Perry violin concerto and their new album American Counterpoints, also concluding the Julia Perry Centenary Festival March 13-16.

“It’s amazing for me to feel the shades of these two great Black American composers really engaging with each other like this. The idea of this album is here is a world of music for us to explore and where are the Julia Perrys and Coleridge Taylor Perkinsons of right now. For me, that’s what I’m seeing in this program. It’s one example of what a lot of American classical music can look like, music to celebrate and constantly find ourselves in” – Curtis Stewart

Violinist Curtis Stewart and conductor James Blachly, with one Grammy and four nominations between them, talk to Charlotte Wilson about the lives and struggles of two great American masters: Julia Perry and Coleridge Taylor Perkinson on their new album American Counterpoints. The centerpiece of the program is the world premiere of Perry’s 1965 violin concerto also concluding the Julia Perry festival in NY, Alice Tully Hall March 16, 7:30pm.