Castle of our Skins musicians will present an engaging lecture-performance inviting audience members to take an in-depth look into the life and work of Pulitzer-prize winning composer George Walker. His colorful and French-infused String Quartet No. 1 will be dissected in this lecture demonstration allowing attendees an intimate look inside the music and mind that created it. Following the discussion, the string quartet will be performed in its entirety. This program is designed for adults (families welcome).


Born out of the desire to foster cultural curiosity, Castle of our Skins is a concert and educational series dedicated to celebrating Black artistry through music. From classrooms to concert halls, Castle of our Skins invites exploration into Black heritage and culture, spotlighting both unsung and celebrated figures of past and present.    

A statement from co-director and co-founder Ashleigh Gordon (from Boston Globe interview):               

“I really believe, with everything we’re doing, if you explore a little bit from our lens, being African-Americans, from your own vantage point, explore a little bit your own culture, and encourage other people to do the same, hopefully it trickles down and encourages others to be more curious about each other.

“Maybe this is idealistic,” she continued, “but if you’re more curious about each other, maybe you’re more tolerant of each other and there’s just greater social harmony. Maybe that’s too lofty, but I would hope that people would come away with a greater appreciation, and then translate that into their daily interactions.” 

Length: 60-75 minutes

Tickets are free, no reservations required.


Tuesday, September 24, 4 PM

Artistic/Executive Director Ashleigh Gordon will lead audiences on a journey through time and geography. Focused on the often overlooked and underrepresented voices from the African diaspora, this lecture will survey some of the trailblazers – dating from three centuries ago to the present and hailing from three continents – that have and continue to shape the classical music world. This program is designed for adults (families welcome). 

Length: 60-75 minutes

Free, no admission required


Photo Credit: Robert Torres Photography