Music in the Spirit of Zora at UMass-Boston

Virginia Eskin, piano
With Elisa Birdseye, viola

Including the works of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, Fats Waller, and an exploration of James P. Johnson's "YAMEKRAW, a Negro Rhapsody". These African American musicians explored spirituals, jazz, and folk melodies in much the way that Zora sought out folk tales and lore in her role as an anthropologist.

Virginia Eskin, a California native and long-time Boston resident, is an extremely versatile solo pianist, chamber player and lecturer, known for both standard classical repertoire and ragtime, and a long-time champion of the works of American and European women composers.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and bring the transformative power of literature into the lives of its citizens. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment.

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