We Celebrate Traditions and Black Voices

Richard Roberts, Violin David Hays, Violin

calendar-icon February 27th, 2022 | 2:00 pm

Event Details

Ticket price: Advance tickets are available for $20 from Coffee House on Main and Hy-Vee in Austin. Tickets at the door the day of the performance are $25. Children and students through college age attend free of charge, no ticket required.

Duration: Approx. 2 hours with a 20-minute intermission


The Austin Symphony Orchestra honors the wealth of voices in the African diaspora in pieces by two  Americans and a Frenchman, writing in the symphonic form we all love. These works ring with approachable melodies, as well as, others that have been overlooked. As William Grant Still said of his own Fourth Symphony,  “…the music speaks of the fusion of musical cultures in North America.”

These performances will be a for sure sell-out so don’t wait too long!


J. S. Bach | Double Violin Concerto, BWV 1043
Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St. George | Sinfonia Concertante, Op. 9, No. 1
William Grant Still | Symphony No. 4, (Autochthonous)
Florence Price | Dances from the Canebrakes (Arr. W. G. Still)

Artist Bios

Richard Roberts

Richard Roberts began learning the violin … because a pretty girl at school played the instrument! They attended the same classes. Richard later went on to study at the University of Indiana with Josef Gingold and János Starker, and with Ivan Galamian and Henryk Szeryng in Geneva. A Concertmaster for the Orchestra, he is also an editor at Ovation Press specializing in string instruments and is on faculty at McGill University. 

Dr. David R. Hays

A former concertmaster of the BUTI young artists’ orchestra at Tanglewood, Dr. David Hays has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and others. As a chamber musician, he has performed live on WFMT Chicago with the Sheridan Chamber Players and was a finalist at the Banff International String Quartet Competition as co-principal violinist of the Fry Street Quartet.  As a member of the Hawthorne Trio, he has performed throughout the US, in Poland, the Czech Republic and England. On baroque violin, David toured and recorded with Minneapolis-based Minstrelsy! for nine seasons and has appeared with Temple of Apollo, the Lyra Concert, the Newberry Consort, and the Chicago Baroque Ensemble. David taught violin and chamber music at Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute for fifteen summers and served on faculty at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.  He has recorded on the Lyrichord, Musical Arts Society and MSR Classics labels. His CD “Lullaby and Nocturne” with Dr. Peter Collins, piano, was released in 2013.  Currently, David serves as concertmaster of the Springfield Symphony.  In recent seasons, he has performed solo works by Lalo, St. Saens, Beethoven, Sarasate and Mozart with orchestra and has appeared in China, Bulgaria, New Orleans, Chicago, and Minneapolis.


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