Migration Series Concerto

The Great Migration changed America, and painter Jacob Lawrence told the story of black migration from the rural south to the industrial north in pictures. The paintings became famous in the 1940s. Now the story is told in music as well by Derek Bermel, composer of the Migration Series Jazz Concerto. The work was performed in 2013 by the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and the Juilliard Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Rossen Milanov, as part of a Princeton-wide celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation.

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