Margaret Bonds and Langston Hughes: A Musical Friendship

  • Date:23 - Sep - 2016
  • Location:Georgetown University
  • Venue:McNeir Hall
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The Music of Margaret Bonds
A collaboration between the GU Music Program, Lauinger Library Special Collections, and African-American Studies Program

Margaret Allison Bonds (1913-72) was a concert pianist and composer, who created works in a broad range of genres. A native of Chicago, Bonds studied at Northwestern University, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees in music. Bonds studied composition with Florence Price and William Dawson with further work at the Juilliard School with Roy Harris. Bonds was a frequent collaborator with Langston Hughes setting much of his work to music. The program features music from the Bonds collection currently housed in the Leon Robbin Special Collections. American soprano Marlissa Hudson has been described as a “superb lyric coloratura” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch). At home both on the operatic and concert stage, Ms. Hudson made her professional debut while a student, performing Summertime from Porgy and Bess with the Baltimore Symphony Pops Orchestra under the baton of Marvin Hamlisch. Marvin Mills is organist at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kensington, Maryland. He is also music director of the acclaimed National Spiritual Ensemble, and guest artist with the Ritz Chamber Players, based in Jacksonville, Florida.