13th Annual Black History Month Concert

Composer Lela Anderson conducts two of her own works.


On Saturday February 22nd, 2020, the UT Butler School of Music hosted the 13th annual Black History Month Concert in Bates Recital Hall, featuring performances by students from the Butler School of Music and the Huston Tillotson University School of Music. The dynamic program featured the music of composers ranging from early 20th-century trailblazers Florence Price and William Grant Still to contemporary composer Lela Anderson. Anderson, a Houston-based composer, led the combined choirs of both universities in performances of two of her own pieces based on the spirituals “All Night, All Day” and “I Opened My Mouth to the Lord”. Among the many stellar performances of the evening, harpist Mallory McHenry — a doctoral student at UT — performed her own arrangements of two of Betty Jackson King’s “Four Seasonal Sketches for Harp”. The UT Concert Chorale and the Huston Tillotson University Concert Choir bookended the program, under the stellar direction of Suzanne Pence and Gloria Quinlan, respectively.

Mallory McHenry performs her arrangements of Betty Jackson King's "Four Seasonal Sketches for Harp".