The Sunflower Music Festival and the African American Experience 2022

The 2022 Sunflower Music Festival will honor both past and contemporary African American composers, performers and soloists, and a collaboration with the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site. Our project has won multiple endorsements and grants from the National Endowment of the Arts.

Browse our programming below to see all Sunflower will offer celebrating the African American musical experience:

  • Performance of SYMPHONY NO. 1 “AFRO-AMERICAN” by William Grant Still 
  • Programs featuring the music of Jessie Montgomery, George Walker, Joseph Bologne – Chevalier de Saint-George, and more!
  • A Jazz Night performance featuring native-Topekan Richetta Manager, Angela Hagenbach, and David Basse on vocals, with the City Light Jazz Orchestra

Friday, June 17
Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall

Opening Celebration - Mozart, and George Walker’s 100th
SPECIAL GUEST CONDUCTOR - ANDRÉ RAPHEL

7:00p Pre-concert series: 'Musically speaking' with alex klein, principal oboist

         Discussions, interviews and exposés to enrich your concert experience
         Offered in partnership with the Blanche Bryden Institute and Foundation

Così fan tutte, K.588: Overture

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 – 1791)

Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
I. Allegro 
II. Adagio
III. Allegro assai

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 – 1791)

David Allen Wehr, Piano

Intermission

Lyric for Strings

 

George Walker
(1922 – 2018)

Symphony No. 41 in C major, K.551 “Jupiter”
I. Allegro vivace
II. Andante cantabile
III. Allegretto
IV. Molto allegro

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 – 1791)

Saturday, June 18
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall

Canção Pequena
World Premiere

Michael Cohen

Vocalise, Op. 34, No.14

Sergei Rachmaninoff
(1873 – 1943)

Adagio

Michael Amorosi
(1947 – 2000)

Alex Klein, Oboe
Rita Costanzi, Harp

Strum

Jessie Montgomery
b.1981

Meredith Riley, Violin I
Sascha Mandl, Violin II
Rafael Gargate, Viola
Jonathan Tortolano, Cello

String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Opus 96, B.179 “American”

Antonín Dvořák
(1841 – 1904)

                            Allegro ma non troppo
                                         Lento
                                   Molto vivace
                        Finale. Vivace ma no troppo

Philip Manning, Violin 
Sascha Mandl, Violin
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
Jonathan Tortolano,  Cello

Intermission

Danzas di Panama
Tamborito
Mejorana y Socavon
Punto
Cumbia y Congo

William Grant Still
(1895 – 1978)

Jeanyi Kim, Violin I
Zsolt Eder, Violin II
Orlando Wells, Viola
Claudio Jaffe, Cello

Quartet No. 8 in C minor, Op. 111
Largo
Allegro molto
Allegretto
Largo
Largo

Dmitri Shostakovich
(1906 – 1975)

Zhan Shu, Violin I
Philip Manning, Violin II
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
Claudio Jaffe, Cello

Following Concert: Musician ‘Talk-Back’ Session

Monday, June 20
Mary Elizabeth 'Liz' Stratton Jazz Night

7:30 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall

Sponsored by: Liz Stratton
Hosted by: Topeka Jazz Workshop

Liz Stratton Jazz Night, Featuring Richetta Manager, Angela Hagenbach, and David Basse, vocals
with the City Light Jazz Orchestra

City Light Jazz Orchestra would like to thank The Duke Ellington Family and Tom Alexios, Director of Music Outreach. Thanks to musical arrangers Pamela Baskin-Watson, Brad Gregory, Paul Roberts, and James Ward.

 

Sweet Georgia Brown
Richetta Manager, vocalist

Vine Street Boogie


Scorpio


Choo Choo Cha Boogie
David Basse, drums and vocals

Work Song


Big Six


Simone
Angela Hagenbach, vocalist

South American Suite
Oclupaca (Acapulco backwards)
Rocks in My Bed
Jump for Joy
Latin American Sunshine
Dimensions in Blue
Caravan

Red Top
David Basse, vocalist

Swingmatism


Alright, Okay, You Win
Richetta Manager, vocalist

7 Years of Good Luck


Bittersweet
Angela Hagenbach, vocalist

Me and Mrs. Jones
Richetta Manager, vocalist

My Song
Angela Hagenbach, spoken word

LeeDon


East of the Village
Angela Hagenbach, vocalist

Duke’s Place
David Basse, vocalist

 

Maceo Pinkard
(1897-1962)

Jay McShann
(1916-2006)

Buck Clayton
(1911-1991)

Louis Jordan
(1908-1975)

Nat Adderley
(1931-2000)

Amhad Alaadeen
(1934-2010)

Frank Foster
(1928-2011)

Duke Ellington
(1899-1974)




Ben Kynard
(1920-2012)

Jay McShann
(1916-2006)

Mayme Watts


Joe Sample
(1939-2014)

Angela Hagenbach
b. 1960

Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff
b. 1943                b. 1942

Bobby Watson and Glenn North
b. 1953

Jason Goudeau and Charlie Parker
b. 1967                (1920-1955)

Hank Mobley and George V. Johnson
(1930-1986)

Duke Ellington
(1899-1974)

Tuesday, June 21
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall

String Quartet No. 6 in D major
I. Allegro Assai
II. Rondeau

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
(1745 – 1799)

Eric Tanner, Violin I
Philip Manning, Violin II
Orlando Wells, Viola
Jonathan Tortolano, Cello

Quintet in G minor, Op. 39
I. Tema con variazioni
II. Andante energico
III. Allegro sostenuto, ma con brio
IV. Adagio pesante
V. Allegro precipitato, ma non troppo presto
VI. Andantino

Sergei Prokofiev
(1891 – 1953)

Alex Klein, Oboe
Jonathan Gunn, Clarinet
Eric Tanner, Violin
Orlando Wells, Viola
Nic Tsolainos, Double Bass

Intermission

String Quintet in G minor, K. 515
I. Allegro 
II. Menuetto: Allegretto
III. Adagio ma non troppo
IV. Adagio – Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
(1756 – 1791)

Jeanyi Kim, Violin I
Sascha Mandl, Violin II
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola I
Rafael Gargate, Viola II
Jonathan Tortolano, Cello

Following Concert: Musician ‘Talk-Back’ Session

Wednesday, june 22 Brown v. Board of Education Chamber Concert 3:00pm

Featuring music by black composers: Samuel coleridge-taylor, william grant still, jessie montgomery, Joseph bologne – chevalier de saint-georges

 

brown v. board of education national historic site
1515 SE Monroe street
topeka, ks 66612
free admission

Wednesday, June 22
Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall

Spirituals, New Voices and the African American Experience Special Guest Conductor - ANDRÉ RAPHEL

Three Spirituals for Orchestra

Adolphus Hailstork
b.1941

Antifonys for Chamber Orchestra

George Walker
(1922 – 2018)

Elegy for Viola, String Quartet and String Orchestra, op. 15

Herbert Howells
(1892 – 1983)

Basil Vendryes, Viola

String Quartet
Charles Stegeman, Violin
Eric Tanner, Violin
Jonathan Moerschel, Viola
John Walz, Cello

Intermission

Starburst

Jessie Montgomery
b.1981

Symphony No. 1 “Afro-American”
I. Longing: Moderato assai
II. Sorrow: Adagio
III. Humor: Animato
IV. Aspiration: lento; con risoluzione

William Grant Still
(1895 – 1978)

Thursday, June 23
CONcertmaster and Friends

7:30 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall

Blue/s Forms for Solo Violin
I. Plain Blue/s
II. Just Blue/s
III. Jettin’ Blue/s

Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson
(1932 – 2004)

Jesse Thompson, Violin

Le Api, “The Bees”

Antonio Pasculli
(1842 – 1924)
arr. Alex Klein

Alex Klein, Solo Oboe
Michelle Sung, Flute
Mark Kleine, Clarinet
Joe Merchant, Bassoon
Greg Miller, French Horn
Robert Skavronksi, Double Bass

Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 32
I. Allegro moderato
II. Scherzo: Allegro molto
III. Elegia: Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro non troppo

Anton Arensky
(1861 – 1906)

David Allen Wehr, Piano
Charles Stegeman, Violin
John Walz, Cello

Friday, June 24
Chamber Ensembles

7:30 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall

7:00p pre-concert session: 'musically speaking' with alex klein, principal oboist

          Discussions, interviews, and exposés to enrich your concert experience
          Offered in partnership with the Blanche Bryden Institute and Foundation

En Aranjuez con tu amor
World Premiere

Joaquín Rodrigo
(1901 – 1999)
Arr. Alex Klein

Rêverie

Claude Debussy
(1862 – 1918)

Alex Klein, Oboe
Rita Costanzi, Harp

Bohemian Café

Stacy Garrop
b. 1969

Michelle Sung, Flute
Jonathan Gunn, Clarinet
Alex Klein, Oboe
Joe Merchant, Bassoon
James Thatcher, French Horn
Robert Skavronski, Double Bass

Requiem for Three Cellos and Piano, Op. 66

David Popper
(1843 – 1913)

Claudio Jaffe, Cello I
Jonathan Tortolano, Cello II
Beideth Briceno, Cello III
David Allen Wehr, Piano

Intermission

Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante, un poco adagio
III. Scherzo: Allegro
IV. Finale: Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo

Johannes Brahms
(1833 – 1897)

David Allen Wehr, Piano
Charles Stegeman, Violin I
Rachel Stegeman, Violin II
Basil Vendryes, Viola
John Walz, Cello

Following Concert: Musician ‘Talk-Back’ Session

Saturday, June 25
Blanche Bryden Student Ensembles

3:00 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall



Saturday, June 25
Chamber Orchestra

7:30 p.m. | Livestream or In-Person | White Concert Hall

Black Influence and the New World
SPECIAL GUEST CONDUCTOR - ANDRÉ RAPHEL

Danse nègre from African Suite Op. 35, No. 4

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
(1875 – 1912)

Violin Concerto in C major, Op. 3, No. 2

Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de
Saint-Georges
(1745-1799)

Meredith Riley, Violin

Symphony for the Sons of Nam

James Kimo Williams
b.1950

Intermission

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, Op. 95, B.178 
“From the New World”
I. Adagio – Allegro molto
II. Largo
III. Molto vivace
IV. Allegro con fuoco

Antonín Dvořák
(1841 – 1904)

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