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HAILSTORK: Symphonies Nos. 2 and 3

Composer(s):Hailstork, Adolphus
Artist(s) Lockington, David, Conductor • Grand Rapids Symphony
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.559295
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Professor of Music at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, Adolphus Hailstork has written three symphonies, the third of which is dedicated to the artists on this recording, David Lockington (“my most consistently supportive conductor”) and the Grand Rapids Symphony. In his notes for Symphony No. 3, Hailstork writes: “The goal in my Third Symphony was to write a piece that was lighter in approach than my second. I created a snappy little trumpet tune that intrigued me and used it as the point of departure.” Premièred in 1999, the Symphony No. 2 was inspired by a visit to Africa in the summer of 1996: “There I visited the forts along the coast of Ghana, and saw the dungeons where the slaves were held before being shipped



Review By Scot Cantrell,The Dallas Morning News,May 2007

COMPOSER OF COLOR: Sadly, a black composer of concert music is still unusual enough to warrant comment. One who's had success is Adolphus Hailstork, born in 1941 in Rochester, N.Y., educated at the Manhattan School of Music and Michigan State University. Holding a doctorate from Michigan State, he's artist-in-residence at Old Dominion University in Virginia.



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