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Voices Of An Orchestral Concert For The Empress Of The Blues

Bessie Smith
Carl Van Vechten / Library of Congress
Bessie Smith

Bessie Smith, known as the “Empress of the Blues,” was born here in Chattanooga in the middle of this month in 1894.

A concert earlier this year at Memorial Auditorium presented full orchestral arrangements of her music - commissioned by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, in collaboration with the CSO Youth Orchestras and community choral groups in this city.

Mya Mckinney is a student intern for Scenic Roots this semester on our campus, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

She spoke with a few participants in the concert, titled “Bessie Smith: Orchestrating the Blues.”

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