In the Making: Boston Public Quartet

January 28, 2022


In the Making

The Boston Public Quartet is dedicated to presenting rarely heard and underrepresented composers alongside the traditional canon of classical chamber music in all of Boston’s neighborhoods.

On Thursday, January 27, we held a virtual concert with Betsy Hinkle and Joy Cline Phinney, members of the Boston Public Quartet, live streamed from Windgate Gallery at NBSS. They performed works on violin and piano by Black composers H.T. Burleigh, Florence Price, and William Grant Still, who each represented historic firsts in their fields.

The program included:

  1. Henry Thacker Burleigh, Southland Sketches, 1916
  2. Florence Price, Fantasy No. 1 in G minor, 1933
  3. Florence Price, Adoration, 1951
  4. Florence Price, Fantasy No. 2 in F-sharp minor, 1940
  5. William Grant Still, Suite for Violin and Piano, 1943

The last piece by William Grant Still is a series of three movements, each inspired by a sculpture made by a Black artist. The three sculptures are Richmond Barthé, African Dancer, 1933; Sargent Johnson, Mother and Son, 1930; and Augusta Savage, Gamin, 1929.

“In the Making” is a public programs series where we connect with a range of new voices, fields, and perspectives. Learn more and view a full list of events on the series homepage here.

With thanks to our underwriters

BOND, Eaton Vance, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, First Republic Bank, Inland Underwriters Insurance Company, Firestone & Parson Inc., Sequoia Custom Builders, Inc., F.H. Perry Builder