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Discover the American Music Pioneer Francis Johnson

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Date(s) - Saturday, May 25, 2019
2:00 am - 3:00 am

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum


Francis Johnson, 1792-1844, was an Antebellum composer and band leader based in Philadelphia. He blazed trails for people of color, achieving fame playing for society balls and integrated concerts and traveling to England. He published sheet music, introduced innovative instrumental techniques, and rhythm changes, and imported musical styles to the U.S., like the promenade concert and the quadrillic form of the cotillion, which serve as antecedents to American square dancing. The talk will be presented by multi-instrumentalist Brian Farrow, who plays with Grammy-Award-Winning artist Dom Flemons, a founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, with whom he shares an interest in exploring the roots of American music, highlighting its technique, style, and African-Americna legacy. All ages: free. Preregistration required at or call 410-887-1081.

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