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Fourth Subscription Concert, The All Star Concert Series, INC, Presents the Hall Johnson Negro Choir, A Program. All Star Concert Series, INC.Harrisburg, PA.12808
 Fourth Subscription Concert, The All Star Concert Series, INC, Presents the Hall Johnson Negro Choir, A Program. All Star Concert Series, INC.Harrisburg, PA.12808


 
Price: $85.00

Product Code: 20200072

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A program for the Hall John Negro Choir's concert on January 24, 1935 in Harrisburg, PA, which was a part of the All Star Concert Series. The Hall Johnson Negro Choir became well-known for their performances African-American spiritual music. The songs they sang were sometimes arranged by their conductor Hall Johnson. A few years prior to the this program's performance, the choir had shot to fame for their participation in the 1930 Broadway play by Marc Connelly, The Green Pastures. The program's performance featured five acts of four songs each. Some of the songs performed were: 'What Kind of Shoes You Going to Wear', 'Who Built the Ark?', 'Going Down to Dat Lonesome Road', 'Free at Last', 'Deep River', and 'Little Black Train'. One of the interior pages of the program features a list of upcoming performances at the concert hall, which was the Forum of the State Education Building, throughout February of 1935. The back cover features an advertisement for J. H. Troup Music House, which sold instruments.  Single fold, double sided. Inscribed on front cover in blue ink. Measures 9" x 6" (folded), 12" x 9" (unfolded). . Francis Hall Johnson (1888-1970), more popularly known as Hall Johnson, was an African-American composer and arranger of African-American spiritual music. Hall debut as a professional violinist in New York in 1910, and toured for over a decade in a variety of orchestras. Over the years he became more interested in choral music, specially African-American spiritual music, and eventually he formed the Hall Johnson Negro Choir in 1925. Over the next several decades as the Choir grew in fame, Hall would arrange music for his choir for several different Hollywood and Broadway productions. For example Run Little Chillun, The Green Pastures, Frank Capra's Lost Horizon, Hal Roach's Zenobia, and Disney films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Dumbo and the Song of the South. Hall even voiced one of the crow characters, Preacher Crow, in the film Dumbo. Hall was posthumously elected into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975, five years after his death.