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Symphony in Black celebrates the University’s 25th anniversary. It also pays tribute to both past and recent African American composers with a special tribute to Jacksonville composers James Weldon and John Rosamond Johnson. Featured guests include Reverend Rudolph Waldo McKissick, Sr. -- Pastor of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and Reverend Davette L. Turk – Associate Rector of All Saints Episcopal Church. Conductor: Dr. Lenard Bowie, Choirmaster: Dr. William Brown, Piano: Dr. Gerson Yessin. The Orchestra included musicians from the Jacksonville Symphony, UNF students, UNF faculty, UNF adjuncts, and the Jacksonville community. Music included: Program I. Lift Every Voice and Sing –words by James Weldon Johnson, music by John Rosamond Johnson, arranged by Roland Cater and transcribed for Orchestra nu Lenard Bowies, Afro-American Symphony –First Movement - Moderato -- William Grant Still, Danse Negre – Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. Program II. Three Preludes -- Bunky Green -- Dr. Gerson Yessin, Piano, UNF Anniversary Song -- Bunky Green – Composed especially for the 25th Anniversary for Chorus, Jazz Ensemble and Piano. Program III. God’s Trombone – Sermons by James Weldon Johnson, Music by Roy Ringwald featuring in the order of appearance: Rev. Davette Turk as the Prayer Leader and Rev. Rudolph McKissick, Sr., as the Preacher.