Black Composer Showcase: Undine Smith Moore

October 3, 2022

Bienen School of Music PhD student Andrew Barrett and MM student Ryan Dearon discuss the life and music of Undine Smith Moore, known as the "Dean of Black Women Composers." Sopranos Olivia Knutsen and Isobel Anthony, bass-baritone Ryan Dearon, and pianist Karina Kontorovitch perform select art songs.

(02:48) – "I Am In Doubt" – Music by Undine Smith Moore
Olivia Knutsen, soprano; Karina Kontorovitch, piano

(08:01) "Lyric for Truelove" – Music by Undine Smith Moore, text by Florence Hynes Willette
Ryan Dearon, bass-baritone; Karina Kontorovitch, piano

(11:35) "Love, Let the Wind Cry" – Music by Undine Smith Moore, text by Sappho
Isobel Anthony, soprano; Karina Kontorovitch, piano

About the Black Composer Showcase Series

The Black Composer Showcase series features performances by Bienen School voice and instrumental students and collaborative pianists, as well as scholarly background information on the works and composers provided by Bienen musicologists and conducting faculty. The goals of this series are to broaden the repertoires performed and studied at the Bienen School, inspire collaboration among music studies and performance students, and educate the Bienen School and broader communities about composers of color and their important contributions to classical music.

Learn more about the 2022 series

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