Berkeley Symphony performs Olly Wilson's "Shango Memory"

Performing Arts - Music | October 24 | 7 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Department of Music

Olly Wilson (1937-2018) was a member of the University of California Department of Music faculty from 1970 until 2002

Shango Memory (1995), commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, will be performed in the opening concert of the Berkeley Symphony on Thursday, Oct. 24 @7p.m. in Zellerbach Hall. The work will be broadcast on KALW on November 4, 2019 at 9:00 p.m.

Tickets: $10 at the door and on the UC Berkeley Arts Passport App

Wilson writes:
"Shango Memory is inspired by the Yoruban deity Shango, the god of thunder and lightning, who holds a prominent position in the pantheon of deities of not only the Yoruba people of West Africa but also in many places of the African diaspora, particularly the Caribbean and South America. In this composition, I attempted to use Shango as a metaphor for West African musical concepts that were reinterpreted in the American context and became the basis for African-American music".

Wilson Obituary: