Reviving the Bicentennial Symphony
Junteenth 2009 Recap and News Coverage
Juneteenth has always been a special celebration in Long Beach, staged yearly at King Park.
Although it is a celebration of the emancipation of slaves, like most things Long Beach, it has evolved into a celebration of multiculturalism. And in recent years that has been reflected in the music and entertainment.
So, fittingly, the West Coast premiere of Harris’ symphony was followed by hip-hop music and break dancing by performers from the Homeland Cultural Center, Laotian music from the Hmong Association Arts program and rhythm and blues and Latin jazz.
Endorsed by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
Click Play to listen to the Audio Recording of the Juneteenth 2009 performance of the Roy Harris Bicentennial Symphony.