The Dessoff Choirs Presents New York Premieres of Cantatas by Margaret Bonds

By Francisco Salazar

The Dessoff Choirs will continue its season celebrating African American composer Margaret Bonds on April 28, 2022.

The one-night-only concert comprises the New York premieres of the orchestral versions of two neglected Bonds cantatas, Credo inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’s essay and Simon Bore the Cross, a collaboration with Langston Hughes.

The concert will be conducted by Dessoff’s Music Director Malcolm J. Merriweather and will be joined by a full orchestra, Grammy Award-winning bass-baritone Dashon Burton, renowned soprano soloist Janinah Burnett, and the Carter Legacy Singers.

In a statement, Merriweather said, “Dessoff is dedicated to performing rarely heard choral masterpieces. We are thrilled to cast a spotlight on Margaret Bonds’s neglected, but important contribution to the American music canon. She is a forgotten voice for civil rights that must be remembered, appreciated, and cherished. It seems the time has come for Bonds’s voice to be heard!”