Across American Roots
The 17-member Jazz Loft Big Band
led by Tom Manuel,
Rites of Spring Wind Quintet &
Shinnecock Nation musicians
80 N Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY
Sunday, July 31, 2022, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm
In collaboration with
Sylvester Manor and The Jazz Loft
Rites of Spring Music Festival is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Sylvester Manor and The Jazz Loft to present an annual music event to celebrate all American Cultures and Traditions and spread awareness about its richness and history.
It’s a time to celebrate the rich histories, diverse cultures, and important contributions of America. As members of multiple communities on Long Island, we want to stay connected to our heritages. It is important to reflect on the American history and culture. The United States is home to a diverse population that celebrates its cultural richness and variety through local festivals, community events, and other grassroots activities. Across American Roots will be held at Sylvester Manor on Shelter Island, an iconic venue where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are embraced, appreciated, and celebrated.
This music event features a wide array of music styles and three different performances:
music by African American composers such as Duke Ellington and William Grant Still, European composers influenced by American culture such as Antonin Dvorak and music by Native American musicians.
This is an outdoor lawn event. Attendees should plan to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets for seating, to walk between locations and to wear footwear suitable for walking on uneven ground. Insect repellant is strongly encouraged.
General audience: $ 65
Children Under 16 FREE
Arrive to Sylvester Manor at 4:00 to walk and visit the garden and the grounds.
5:00pm – 5:45pm
Rites of Spring Wind Quintet
Ginevra Petrucci, flute Tylor Thomas, bassoon Bradley Frizzell, clarinet Michelle Farah, oboe Blair Hamrick, horn
William Grant Still Miniatures for woodwind quintet
I. Ride an Old Paint
II. A Frog Went A-Courtin'
III. Jesus is a Rock in a Weary Land
IV. Yaravi V. Adolorido
Miniatures is a musical composition in five movements composed in 1948 by American composer William Grant Still. Still broke many barriers during his career, including being the first African American composer to write orchestral works and have them performed by major symphony orchestras, as well as being the first conductor of color to lead a major American symphony. His musical style incorporates a variety of African American styles, from spirituals to blues and jazz, in addition to European, Latin American, and other folk music genres. The five contrasting movements display a variety of Afro, Anglo, Latino and Native American musical styles.
Antonin Dvorak String Quartet No.12 in F major. Op.96 American
arranged for wind quintet by David Walter
I. Allegro ma non troppo
III. Molto vivace
IV. Finale: vivace ma non troppo
The original String Quartet in F major, Op. 96, nicknamed the American Quartet, is the 12th string quartet composed by Antonín Dvořák. It was written in 1893, during Dvořák's time in the United States. The quartet is one of the most popular in the chamber music repertoire. the title “American quartet” for opus 96 did not come from the composer himself. Also repeatedly claimed for this work are the influences of native Americans and Afro-Americans but answering the question of what then is tangibly “American” in the “American quartet” is by no means simple.
5:45pm – 6:15pm
Intermission - Food Station Break
Shinnecock Nation performance
Shane Weeks, performer
Shane Weeks is a proud member of the Shinnecock Nation. His upbringing on the Shinnecock Reservation has encouraged him to take on the responsibility of making our world better for future generations. Shane grew up understanding the importance of his culture and his connection to the natural world.
7:00pm – 8:15pm
Jazz Loft Big Band led by trumpeter Tom Manuel
Magnolias Dripping With Molasses composed by Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn
Things Ain't What They Used To Be composed by Mercer Ellington
Arranged by Duke Ellington
Ko-Ko composed by Duke Ellington
Black, Brown & Beige by Duke Ellington
Jazz Band Suite
I. Work Song
II. Come Sunday
IV. West Indian Dance
V. Emancipation Celebration
VI. Blues Theme Mauve
VII. Various Themes
VIII. Sugar Hill Penthouse
Ellington introduced the piece at Carnegie Hall on January 23, 1943, as "a parallel to the history of the Negro in America.
At the December 11, 1943, concert at Carnegie Hall, Ellington said, "We thought we wouldn't play it (Black, Brown and Beige) in its entirety tonight because it represents an awfully long and important story and that I don't think too many people are familiar with the story. This is the one we dedicate to the 700 Negroes who came from Haiti to save Savannah during the Revolutionary War".
It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Composed by Duke Ellington
Words by Irving Mills
This project is made possible in part with funds from t the
Suffolk County Office of Cultural Affairs and the Statewide Community Regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by Huntington Arts Council